BOAR, WILD (distinguished from the swine merely by the designation as "swine of the forest," [Hebr., "ḥazir"]):

In Psalm lxxx. 14 the wild boar is introduced in a metaphor and described as coming out of the wood to root up the vine. Wild hogs have always been known in Palestine.

Richard Cœur de Lion is said to have had an encounter with a boar when crusading in that country, and the animal is still found in the morasses of the Jordan, around the Sea of Galilee, around Mount Tabor, and on the River 'Aujeh, north of Joppa (compare Thomson, "The Land and the Book," p. 49). See Swine.

J. Jr. G. A. B.
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