Thursday, January 13, 2022
Bible & Archaeology (University of Iowa)

The Hebrew noun כלב (kelev, pronounced KEL-ev, with the final Hebrew letter "bet" pronounced as a "v"), is the general word for "dog." For instance, in Isaiah 56:10, the prophet declares: "Its [Israel's] sentinels are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all silent dogs (כלבים) that cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber." We also find כלב (kelev) in Psalm 22:16: "For dogs (כלבים) are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me."