This American classic, published in 1842, is a little known treasure of information about animals in the Bible. Learn how God uses animals to teach us, to fulfill prophecy, to show His love, and even to speak to us like Balaam's donkey.
This short volume provides valuable context on over 30 animals mentioned in the Bible. The Scripture Alphabet of Animals is an ideal reference work for discovering where certain animals are named and their place in various stories, such as lions, sheep, quail, and camels. In addition to describing each animal and its biological features, Cook also provides common stories of animals throughout history and ties in theological themes, such as how the author of Proverbs uses the life of the ant to warn against laziness. This will be a fantastic and useful reference volume for anyone interested in how Scripture characterizes animals.
“Can we not learn, even from the ass, a lesson of meekness and patience?” (source)
“There is a kind of ant in warm climates that builds for itself hills as high as a man. They are not made of sand, but of a kind of clay; and have a great many cells or apartments, and many winding passages leading from one part to another. All this is done, as the Bible says, without "guide, overseer or ruler;" that is, they have no one to direct them how to do it. God gives them skill just as he does to the honey-bees in building the beautiful cells which you have so often admired; all His works are wonderful.” (source)
“Happy is the child who has in his heart such feelings towards God, and who finds pleasure in praying to him, from day to day; he has been taught by the Holy Spirit, and is preparing to meet God in peace.” (source)
“The male deer is called a hart, the female a hind; and their affection for each other is beautiful” (source)
“It sheds its feathers every spring, and new ones come out; then it looks like a young bird” (source)