A Middle-Eastern Origin for Small Dogs
The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) has its opinions about dogs. To call someone a “dead dog” is to insult them as ineffectual and non-threatening. In conversation with a superior, you might humbly refer to yourself as “but a dog.” Dogs return to their own vomit. They growl at passersby, but can be shooed away with sticks. Like the birds of the air, they will eat your flesh, if you do not enjoy a proper burial. They are not brave like lions, but for that reason, may live longer.
Perhaps the dog would have cut a more impressive figure in the ancient Near East if at least some of them weren’t so small.
A genetic study has found that small domestic dogs probably originated in the Middle East more than 12,000 years ago.
Here, a modern dog attempts to capture something of the deportment of his diminutive but noble ancestors:
h/t to BAR on Twitter.
BACK TO POST (1 Sam 24:14 [all numberings English text]; 2 Sam 9:8; 16:9)
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BACK TO POST (Prov 26:11)
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[A Middle-Eastern Origin for Small Dogs was written by G. Brooke Lester for Anumma.com and was originally posted on 2010/03/15. Except as noted, it is © 2010 G. Brooke Lester and licensed for re-use only under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.]