A hybrid animal produced by the union of a male ass and a mare. David chose a mule to symbolize royalty for Solomon's coronation (1 Kings 1:33), possibly because the Israelites did not have horses. However, this is not the donkey used in
Zechariah 9:9 and
Matthew 21:5 for Jesus' entry to Jerusalem. See Animals.
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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'MULE'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".