Roe [N]

(Heb. tsebi), properly the gazelle (Arab. ghazal), permitted for food ( Deuteronomy 14:5 ; Compare Deuteronomy 12:15 Deuteronomy 12:22 ; 15:22 ; 1 Kings 4:23 ), noted for its swiftness and beauty and grace of form ( 2 Samuel 2:18 ; 1 Chronicles 12:8 ; Cant 2:9 ; 7:3 ; 8:14 ).

The gazelle (Gazella dorcas) is found in great numbers in Palestine. "Among the gray hills of Galilee it is still 'the roe upon the mountains of Bether,' and I have seen a little troop of gazelles feeding on the Mount of Olives close to Jerusalem itself" (Tristram).

The Hebrew word ('ayyalah) in Proverbs 5: : 19 thus rendered (RSV, "doe"), is properly the "wild she-goat," the mountain goat, the ibex. (See 1 Samuel 24:2 ; Psalms 104:18 ; Job 39:1 .)

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Roe". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .