A carnivorous doglike mammal. Three species of fox live in Palestine: the European fox dwells in temperate zones, and the desert fox and the fenek are desert-adapted species; any one or all three may have been there in biblical times as well. In the NT the fox is mentioned in connection with its habit of burrowing holes (Matt 8:20
; Luke 9:58
). In Ezek 13:4
, false prophets are termed foxes, and in Luke 13:32
Jesus calls Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, a fox.
20And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
58And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
4Your prophets have been like jackals among ruins, O Israel.
32He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work ... View more