Monday, March 5, 2012
The Ram Caught in the Thicket
And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. Genesis 22:13
Jewish historian Zev Vilnay writes about this important animal:
"The ancients tell, in praise of the ram that appeared to Abraham,that no part of this ram was wasted:
His ten veins became the ten strings for the harp upon which King David played.
His two horns became shofars.
The ram's hide was used to gird Elijah the prophet.
An Arab historian of the Middle Ages tells of the ram's horn which was guarded on the Temple site. About 730 it was taken from Jerusalem, from the Dome of the Rock, and then taken to Mecca, the holy Muslim city in Arabia."