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NIGHT HAWK

nit'-hok (tachmac, "tachmas"; glaux, but sometimes strouthos, and seirenos; Latin camprimulgus): The Hebrew tachmac means "to tear and scratch the face," so that it is very difficult to select the bird intended by its use. Any member of the eagle, vulture, owl or hawk families driven to desperation would "tear and scratch" with the claws and bite in self-defence. The bird is mentioned only in the lists of abominations (see Leviticus 11:16 Deuteronomy 14:15). There are three good reasons why the night-hawk or night-jar, more properly, was intended. The lists were sweeping and included almost every common bird unfit for food. Because of its peculiar characteristics it had been made the object of fable and superstition. It fed on wing at night and constantly uttered weird cries. Lastly, it was a fierce fighter when disturbed in brooding or raising its young. Its habit was to lie on its back and fight with beak and claw with such ferocity that it seemed very possible that it would "tear and scratch the face." Some commentators insist that the bird intended was an owl, but for the above reasons the night-jar seems most probable; also several members of the owl family were clearly indicated in the list.

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Gene Stratton-Porter

Strong's Hebrew
8464. tachmas -- male ostrich
... disease, grievous, that are sickness. From chamac; a species of unclean bird (from
its violence), perhaps an owl -- night hawk. see HEBREW chamac. 8463, 8464 ...
/hebrew/8464.htm - 6k

8465. Tachan -- an Ephraimite
... night hawk. Probably from chanah; station; Tachan, the name of two Israelites --
Tahan. see HEBREW chanah. 8464, 8465. Tachan. 8466 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/8465.htm - 6k

Library

Three Pictures of one Reality
... A little brood round the parent bird, frightened by some beast of prey, or hovering
hawk in the sky, and ... Take the other picture of the Passover night. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture h/three pictures of one reality.htm

For the King There were Three Great Perils: the People...
... called her Salome, child of the sun, because she had the dark of night in her ... arms
extended, her feet, now slow as the pinions of a sailing hawk, now swift as ...
//christianbookshelf.org/bacheller/vergilius/chapter 16 for the king.htm

The Outlaw
... I stirred in your side, mither, ye ken full well How you lay all night up among
the ... the deer, and the bonnie fells are free To a belted knight with hawk on hand ...
//christianbookshelf.org/kingsley/andromeda and other poems/the outlaw.htm

Christmas Day
... man merry with the young, Through the short sunshine, through the longer night? ... the
hollow lane, And round the leafless hawthorns, flitting bats Hawk the pale ...
//christianbookshelf.org/kingsley/andromeda and other poems/christmas day.htm

The Knight's Leap: a Legend of Altenahr
... So now to show bishop, and burgher, and priest, How the Altenahr hawk can die ... leapt
him out over the wall; Out over the cliff, out into the night, Three hundred ...
/.../kingsley/andromeda and other poems/the knights leap a legend.htm

On the Words, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all Things visible ...
... upon his stronger beam: see also how He has relieved the darkness of the night by
rays ... and others fly up into mid air and float motionless, as the hawk: for by ...
/.../cyril/lectures of s cyril of jerusalem/lecture ix on the words.htm

The Use of the Symbolic Style by Poets and Philosophers.
... Again, that the Spring is called "flowery," from its nature; and Night "still,"
on ... the injunctions of Moses: "These common things, the sow, the hawk, the eagle ...
/.../clement/the stromata or miscellanies/chapter viii the use of the.htm

Death.
... as the Psalmist had, the roar of the lion round the village at night, or seen all ...
The hawk feeds on the small birds, the small birds on the insects, the insects ...
//christianbookshelf.org/kingsley/westminster sermons/sermon xviii death.htm

The Treasure Cave
... upon thee," she said; "thou hast slaved for us since midday, and now the night is
far ... it to Rachel and to thyself to go forth with the eye of a hawk and the ...
//christianbookshelf.org/miller/the yoke/chapter xx the treasure cave.htm

Sailors' Hymns.
... Fierce was the wild billow, Dark was the night; Oars labored heavily, Foam glimmered ...
most poetical account alleges that a dove chased by a hawk dashed through ...
/.../brown/the story of the hymns and tunes/chapter x sailors hymns.htm

Subtopics

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Night Hawk

Night Hawk: Forbidden As Food

Night used Figuratively

Night: Belongs to God

Night: Caused by God

Night: Commenced at Sunset

Night: Continued Until Sunrise

Night: Death

Night: Designed for Rest

Night: Divided Into Four Watches by the Romans

Night: Divided Into Hours

Night: Divided Into Watches

Night: Eastern Fishermen Continued Their Employment During

Night: Eastern Shepherds Watched Over Their Flocks During

Night: Favourable to the Purposes of the Wicked

Night: Frequently: Accompanied by Heavy Dew

Night: Frequently: Cold and Frosty

Night: Frequently: Exceeding Dark

Night: General Scriptures Concerning

Night: God Frequently: Executed his Judgments In

Night: God Frequently: Revealed his Will In

Night: God Frequently: Visited his People In

Night: Jesus Prays all Night

Night: Meditations In

Night: No Night in Heaven

Night: Originally Divided Into Three Watches

Night: Regular Succession of Established by Covenant

Night: Regular Succession of Ordained for the Glory of God

Night: Seasons of Severe Calamities

Night: Seasons of Spiritual Desertion

Night: Spiritual Darkness

Night: The Darkness First Called

Night: The Heavenly Bodies Designed to Separate Day From

Night: The Jews in Affliction Spent, in Prayer

Night: The Jews in Affliction Spent, in Sorrow and Humiliation

Night: The Jews: Forbidden to Allow Malefactors to Hang During

Night: The Jews: Forbidden to Keep the Wages of Servants During

Night: The Jews: Often Kept Lamps Burning During

Night: The Moon and Stars Designed to Rule and Give Light By

Night: Unsuitable for Labour

Night: Unsuitable for Travelling

Night: Wearisome to the Afflicted

Night: Wild Beasts Go Forth in Search of Prey During

Night: Worship In

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