A large predatory bird. The Hebrew word (nesher) that has traditionally been translated “eagle” seems more likely to refer to the griffon vulture. The passage in (Prov 23:5) where a large bird flies toward heaven is thought to refer to the imperial eagle, as this bird was believed able to see into the sun. Where the same word depicts a bird as a symbol for swiftness, it may allude to the golden eagle, as this bird possesses great speed (2Sam 1:23; Jer 4:13). The kind of “eagle” referred to by Jesus as collecting where a body is to be found (Matt 24:28; Luke 17:37) probably refers to a vulture.

Prov 23:5

5When your eyes light upon it, it is gone;
for suddenly it takes wings to itself,
flying like an eagle toward heaven.

2Sam 1:23

23Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely!
In life and in death they were not divided;
they were swifter than eagles,
they were stronger than lions.

Jer 4:13

13Look! He comes up like clouds,
his chariots like the whirlwind;
his horses are swifter than eagles—
woe to us, for we are ruined!

Matt 24:28

28Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

Luke 17:37

37Then they asked him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

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