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A tale of cats, Vestal Virgins and more cats

GREGORY ELDER
The Bible does not have a lot of cats in it, and depending on which translation you read, perhaps none at all. There are of course the big cats like lions, as in the lion of Judah, or the leopard, who cannot change his spots, the text tells us. But the simple housecat does not get much of a showing, although they were known to the Greeks and Romans, and the Egyptians worshipped them.

There is one exception to this odd biblical omission, which is in the Deutero-Canonical books, or the Apocrypha, which is accepted as scriptural by some churches and not by others. “Thy idols shall fall and cats shall walk upon them,” the Hebrew sage declares, denouncing the pagan gods and goddesses of the ancient world.

Read the original article at: Redlands Daily

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