Daily Archives: June 2, 2011

The rocks of the wild goats (Ibex)

Wild goats (Hebrew ya’el) are mentioned in a few Old Testament passages (1 Samuel 24:2; Job 39:1; Psalm 104:18; Prov. 5:19). This animal is often identified with the Ibex.

The ibex, a type of wild goat, is still found in Southern Palestine, Sinai, Egypt and Arabia; it was known also in ancient times, as is evident from rock carvings. (Fauna and Flora of the Bible, 46).

The wild goats are associated with En Gedi on the shore of the Dead Sea.

Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.” Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats. (1 Samuel 24:1-2 NAU)

Our photo below was made at En Gedi.

Ibex at En Gedi. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Ibex at En Gedi. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The Psalmist says the high mountains are for the wild goats.

The high mountains are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim. (Psalm 104:18 NAU)

SourceFlix has put together a nice video showing the Wild Goats (Ibex) at En Gedi.

The Crags of the Wild Goats from SourceFlix on Vimeo.

HT: Dr. Claude Mariottini

Update: Yesterday worked on this post, with the intention of completing it this morning. Early today I had to go to the airport to take a loved one. When I returned I continued working on the post and published it. Just now I decided to check some other blogs. To my surprise, I see that Todd Bolen has posted some fascinating videos of the Ibex fighting. Check it here.

What is that expression about great minds?