All the Birds of the Bible by Alice Parmelee (1959)

Did you know that there are over 300 or so references to birds in the Bible, from Genesis where the Spirit of God “hovers” (Gen. 1:2) over the waters like a brooding mother-bird to Revelation in which John hears “the eagle crying with a loud voice” (Rev. 8:13)? that Adam could be considered the first bird-watcher? that the dove is  the most frequently mentioned bird in the Bible?

These and many more insights are shared in Alice Parmelee’s book, All the Birds of the Bible (New Canaan, Conn.: Keats Publishing, 1959). I found this book at a yard sale today, and it was given to me for free! I couldn’t help but feel that it was a valentine from God.

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I always take special note of references to birds in the Bible, but this book has organized them all beautifully. As the author says, “This book is a record of a journey through the Bible watching for its birds. There are surprisingly many of these lively creatures flitting through the Scriptures, and I have quoted or referred to all the verses about birds in the Bible and many in the Apocrypha …” (9, italics mine). It’s true!

I couldn’t be happier.

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