The young of various riding animals. 1. Young camels (Genesis 32:15), noted by the Hebrew term for “sons.” 2. Young donkeys (Genesis 49:11), also “son” in Hebrew. Compare
Judges 12:14, where Hebrew is “donkeys.” The New Testament uses the reference in
Zechariah 9:9 as a prediction of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1;
John 12:15). Zechariah apparently used parallelism, the basic structure of Hebrew poetry, to describe a rider on one young donkey. Mark, Luke, and John told the story of Jesus' entry with reference to one animal. Matthew mentioned two animals, including both the ass and the colt from Zechariah as separate animals.
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