(14.) (Heb tsebi), properly the gazelle (Arab. ghazal), permitted for food (De 14:5; comp. De 12:15,22; 15:22; 1Ki 4:23), noted for its swiftness and beauty and grace of form (2Sa 2:18; 1Ch 12:8; Song 2:9; 7:3; 8:14).
(15.) The gazelle (Gazella dorcas, Illustration: Gazelles) is found in great numbers in Palestine. "Among the gray hills of Galilee it is still 'the roe upon the mountains of Bether,' and I have seen a little troop of gazelles feeding on the Mount of Olives close to Jerusalem itself" (Tristram).
ROE or ROEBUCK. Yaalah, "chamois" (Pr 5:19) or ibex, the female of the wild goat. Tsebi (masculine), tsebiah (feminine), from whence Tabitha (Greek Dorkas), "loving and beloved": Ac 9:36. The beautiful antelope or gazelle, the Antelope dorcas and Antelope Arabica. Slender, graceful, shy, and timid; the image of feminine loveliness (Song 4:5; 2:9,17; 8:14).
The eye is large, soft, liquid, languishing, and of deepest black; image of swift footedness (2Sa 1:19; 2:18; 1Ch 12:8). Israel ate the gazelle in the wilderness, and the flesh of flocks and herds only when offered in sacrifice; but in Canaan they might eat the flesh, "even as the gazelle" (De 12:15,22); Isaac's venison was front it (Genesis 27). The valley of Gerar and the Beersheba plains are still frequented by it. Egyptian paintings represent it hunted by hounds.