God is a Vulture

This is the third in a series exploring biblical metaphors of God. The Bible sometimes describes God as an eagle (Exodus 19:4, Deuteronomy 32:10-11, Psalm 103:5, Isaiah 40:27-31, etc.). The Hebrew word used is נֶשֶׁר “nesher”, and although this word is usually translated as “eagle” in most English Bible translations, it could also be translated as vulture. The word basically denotes a diurnal (active during the day) bird of prey, or even more generically a diurnal carnivorous bird. Have you ever considered the metaphor—God is a vulture?

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