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Thanks for joining us! We begin our study about dogs in the Bible with a famous quote from President Harry Truman: “You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.”
However, in Scripture, our furry, four-legged friends were physically and symbolically associated with everything unholy, unclean, wild, and sinful. Dogs in ancient times were feared scavengers, often roaming the streets in attack packs. Compare that to modern times when my friend bought a puppy with hopes of meeting her future husband at the dog park. (First stopping at the local bow-wow bakery for some enticing treats.)
Now let’s review some Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) verses and then the New Testament.
Dogs are mentioned in Psalm 22, considered a Messianic prophecy associated with Christ’s suffering on the cross. Psalm 22 is also the most frequently quoted Psalm in the New Testament. Here are the verses relevant to our study:
“Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. All my