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Thread #20634   Message #3198873
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
30-Jul-11 - 10:25 PM
Thread Name: Who/what is the Great Speckled Bird?
Subject: RE: Who/what is the Great Speckled Bird?
"Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her"

When small birds see a large one, which they take to be a predator, they will mob it. They dive at it from above, attacking its eyes. All the big bird can do is keep flying, because it lacks the maneuverability (sp) of the small birds.

I've seen gulls, hawks and crows being attacked in this fashion. I've also seen crows mobbing a red-tailed hawk.

The Jews stood apart from all other groups because they alone were monotheists. I believe the prophet is saying that the Jews are being persecuted by pagan of various sorts. Or it could be that the Jews are being attacked by others acting in consort, simply as another in the many wars of the middle east.

My father (born 1914) would sometimes talk about an airplane taking off, and he would say "And it was off like a great speckled bird!" The saying was not symbolic at all.