Chol (bible)

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In Jewish folklore, chol refers to a supernatural bird, often glossed as, or identified with, the Greek phoenix. Alternately, chol may have simply been a noun meaning 'sand' and, due to the context of its employment, was subsequently misidentified with the Greek being. The understanding of chol as a phoenix-like bird has resulted in an amount of discourse on the topic.[1]

And I said, I will perish with my nest, and I will multiply days as the phoenix (chol). Iyov - Chapter 29 - Vers 18


  1. ^ Slifkin (2007:235-238).


  • Slifkin, Natas (2007). Sacred Monsters: Mysterious and Mythical Creatures of Scripture, Talmud and Midrash. Zoo Torah. ISBN 9781933143187