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Like an eagle carries its young

Hans-Georg Wünch
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 3 | a3249 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i3.3249 | © 2016 Hans-Georg Wünch | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 November 2015 | Published: 15 July 2016

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Hans-Georg Wünch, Theologisches Seminar Rheinland, Germany ; Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies,University of South Africa, South Africa


The picture of an eagle carrying its young on its wings (Dt 32:11) is a powerful and encouraging image of trust and security in God. It is particularly relevant for Western culture, where the eagle is a prominent symbol of power and strength. In recent years, though, the translation of the Hebrew term רֶשֶׁנ as ‘eagle’ has come into question and modern exegetes claim that it is more accurately translated as ‘vulture’. But can this really be a symbol of comfort? Furthermore, do eagles (or vultures) even carry their young on their wings? This article intends to shed some light on these questions.

Keywords: Old Testament; Deuteronomy; Eagle; Vulture


Old Testament; Deuteronomy; Eagle; Vulture


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