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Hebrew: tsepharde'a, meaning a “marsh-leaper”
This amphibian is mentioned in the Old Testament only in connection with one of the plagues which fell on the land of Egypt (Exodus 8:2-14; Psalms 78:45; 105:30). Heqet, the Egyptian goddess of fertility, was represented as a frog and was identified with false god Hathor.
The only species of frog existing in Israel is the green frog (Rana esculenta), the well-known edible frog of the Continent.
Article Version: September 11, 2017