elephants and the Bible
This animal is not specifically mentioned in Scripture, however its tusks are; ivory was imported from afar into the land of Israel.
Greek: ἐλεφάντινος —transliteration: elephantinos —translated “of ivory” in Rev. 18:12
Hebrew: שֶׁנְהַבֵּים —transliteration: shenhabbim or shenhabim —meaning: ivory or ivory tusk or “tooth of elephant” 1 Kings 10:22 and 2 Chr. 9:21
Archaeologists discovered a mosaic in an ancient synagogue that depicted an elephant and various other animals. This was found in excavations in the ancient Jewish village of Hukkok (mentioned in Joshua 19:34) (aka Huqoq and Hukok) in Lower Galilee.
King Solomon regularly imported ivory into his kingdom.
“For the king had at sea the ships of Tarshish with the ships of Hiram; once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold and silver, silver and apes and peacocks.” —1 Kings 10:22 NASB
“…[Solomon] made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with refined gold.” —1 Kings 10:18 NASB
Article Version: March 12, 2019