The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLeviticus 11:22
[Even] these of them ye may eat,
&c] The four following
ones, which seem to be no other than four sorts of locusts:
the locust after his kind;
this is the common locust, called by the
name of Arbeh, from the great multiplication and vast multitudes of
them; the phrase, "after his kind", and which also is used in all the
following instances, signifies the whole entire species of them, which
might be eaten:
and the bald locust after his kind;
which in the Hebrew text is
Soleam, and has its name, as Aben Ezra suggests, from its ascending
rocks: but since locusts do not climb rocks, or have any peculiar
regard for them, rather this kind of locust may be so called, from
their devouring and consuming all that come in their way F7, from the
Chaldee word (Melo) , which signifies to swallow, devour, and consume;
but why we should call it the bald locust is not so clear, though it
seems there were such, since the Jews describe some that have no
baldness, which the gloss explains, whose head is not bald F8, which
shows that some are bald; and so, this is described by Kimchi F9, it
has an eminence, a rising, or bunch upon it; some render it baldness,
and it hath no tail, and its head is long; and so Ben Melech:
and the beetle after his kind;
which is another sort of locust
called Chargol, and should not be rendered a beetle, for no sort of
beetles are eatable, nor have legs to leap withal, and so come not
under the general description given of such flying, creeping things,
fit to eat: Kimchi says it is one kind of a locust F11, and Hiscuni
derives its name from (dxt) and (lgr) , because it strives to leap
with its feet, which answers to the above descriptive character: the
Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions, and some others, render it by
Ophiomachus, a fighter with serpents, to which the locust is an enemy,
and kills them, taking fast hold of their jaws, as Pliny says F12, and
so Aristotle F13:
and the grasshopper after his kind;
this is another, and the fourth
kind of the locust that might be eaten; its name is Chagab, from the
Arabic word Chaguba, "to vail", locusts vailing the light of the sun: and
according to the Jewish doctors, it is a name which every locust fit to
eat should have;
``among the locusts (fit for food) are these, who have four
feet, and four wings and thighs, and wings covering the
greatest part of them, and whose name is Chagab F14;''
and commentators say F15, it must be called by this name, as well as
have those signs: the difference between these several sorts is with
them this; the Chagab has a tail, but no bunch; Arbeh neither bunch nor
tail; and Soleam has a bunch, but not a tail; and Chargol has both
bunch and tail F16: Maimonides F17 reckons up eight sorts of them fit
to eat; and these creatures were not only eaten by the Jews, but by
several other nations: with the Parthians they were very agreeable and
grateful food, as Pliny F18 relates; who also says F19, that some part
of the Ethiopians live only upon them all the year, hardened in smoke,
and with salt: Diodorus Siculus F20 makes mention of the same, and
calls them Acridophagi, locust eaters, and gives a particular account
of their hunting and taking them, and preserving them for food; and so
does Strabo F21; and the same Solinus F23 relates of those that border
on Mauritania; and they are still eaten in Barbary, where they dry them
in ovens to preserve them, and then either eat them alone, or pounded
and mixed with milk: their taste is said to be like shrimps F24; and
Bochart F25 has shown, from various writers, that they were a delicious
food with the Greeks, especially among the common people; and so they
are with the Indians F26.
F7 So R. Sol. Urbin. Ohel Moed, fol. 88. 1.
F8 T. Bab. Cholin, fol. 65. 2.
F9 Sepher Shorash. in voc. (Melo) .
F11 Ib. in voc. (lwgrx) .
F12 Ut supra. (Nat. Hist. l. 11. c. 29.)
F13 Hist. Animal. l. 9. c. 6.
F14 Misn. Cholin, c. 3. sect. 7.
F15 Maimon. & Bartenora in ib.
F16 Vid. T. Bab. Cholin, fol. 65. 2.
F17 Maacolot Asurot, c. 1. sect. 21.
F18 Nat. Hist. l. 11. c. 29.
F19 Ib. l. 6. c. 30.
F20 Bibliothec. l. 3. p. 162, 163.
F21 Geograph. l. 16. p. 531.
F23 Polyhistor. c. 43.
F24 Sir Hans Sloane's Natural History of Jamaica, vol. 1. p. 29.
F25 Hierozoic. par. 2. l. 4. c. 7. col. 490, 491.
F26 Agreement of Customs of the East Indians and Jews, art. 12. p. 60.
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