Persian Fallow Deer (Biblical)

This from an article in the Jerusalem Post, “Persian fallow deer once thrived in Israel and were mentioned in the Bible. Known as Dama dama mesopotamica in Latin or Yahmor Parsi in Hebrew, it is believed to be the roebuck mentioned in the Bible as an animal that chews the cud and has cloven hooves and hence is kosher (Deuteronomy 14:5)…[F]it for a king, as it was served at King Solomon’s table (I Kings; 4:23).” The Dama dama mesopotamica has a nice Wikipedia page here.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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