ape

An ape is a human-like creature which is really an animal not a human in evolution. God does have a sense of humor.


Bible occurrence: 1Ki 10:22; 2Chr 9:21.

An ape is a tailless monkey that can walk erect. Apes somewhat resemble humans. It has hair all over its body except its face, and it has claws like the nails of a man. The Hebrews and Greeks call these creatures “koph” and “kepos”, both words coming from the Indian Tamil name for monkey, “kapi”, (swift, nimble, active), which probably were brought to the Middle East by the fleets of Solomon and Hiram from Tharsis (1Ki 10:22; 2Chr 9:21). These references would appear to represent the apes as being great treasures like the gold and silver, but which were rare or not known in Palestine like the peacocks. No apes have ever been found in Palestine or neighboring regions.

A species called satyrs most resemble man [Brown] and were worshipped as gods. They have no tails and look like ugly men. The Egyptians worshipped apes [Brown], and in some place in the East and the Indies they still worship them.

Source: Cox

Ape. King Solomon brought apes from tropical and semi-tropical regions of the ancient world to Israel. Solomon’s zoo probably contained a variety of apes, monkeys, and baboons (1 Kin. 10:22; 2 Chr. 9:21). Some commentators suggest that Isaiah’s reference to the “satyrs” who “dance” and “cry to [their] fellow[s]” (Is. 13:21; 34:14), (KJV) would fit the dog-faced baboon honored by the Egyptians. Also see Monkey.

Source: Anon-Animals