SCORPION (Heb. עַקְרָב, akrav; pl. akrabbim). The scorpion is mentioned once in the Bible as a dangerous creature of the wilderness (Deut. 8:15). The word akrabbim is also used for prickly thornbushes (I Kings 12:11; Ezek. 2:6), and Ascent of Akrabbim (Ma'aleh Akrabbim\>\> ) in the Negev (Num. 34:4) owes its name either to the scorpions or to the thorns found there. Ten species of scorpion are found in Israel, the most dangerous of which is Buthus quinquestriatus. This species is found mainly in deserts, but it occurs also in inhabited regions. When young, the scorpions are yellowish white, later becoming yellow, brown, or black. One of the minor miracles mentioned as occurring in the Second Temple period was that "no serpent or scorpion inflicted injury in Jerusalem" (Avot 5:5). -BIBLIOGRAPHY: Lewysohn, Zool, 298f., nos. 398, 399; J. Margolin, Zo'ologyah, 1 (1943), 116–9; J. Feliks, Animal World of the Bible (1962), 136. ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Feliks, Ha-Tzome'ah, 263. (Jehuda Feliks)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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