6And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
6 Verse 6. The hare] arnebeth, as Bochart and others
suppose, from arah, to crop, and nib, the
produce of the ground, these animals being remarkable for
destroying the fruits of the earth. That they are notorious for
destroying the tender blade of the young corn, is well known. It
is very likely that different species of these animals are
included under the general terms shaphan, and
arnebeth, for some travellers have observed that there are four
or five sorts of these animals, which are used for food in the
present day in those countries. See Harmer, vol. iii., p. 331,
edit. 1808. Some think the mountain rat, marmot, squirrel, and
hedgehog, may be intended under the word shaphan.