April 27, 2009

In Search of the Red Heifer


by Molly Noble Bull



The photo above confirms that cattle come in many sizes, colors and breeds. Some are bulls; some are cows. Some are calves, and some are heifers.

The dictionary states that a heifer is a young cow that has not borne a calf. As a ranch manager’s daughter, I always think of a heifer as young cow yet to be bred for the first time, in other words—a virgin.

Moses wrote in the Book of Numbers, chapter 19, about the mysterious sacrifice of the Red Heifer. According to the Bible, this red heifer must be unblemished, without defect and one that has never been yoked. To be the Red Heifer, I understand that she must be born in Israel. Today, cattle are shipped around the world. It would not be difficult for a young heifer or an American bull to be shipped to Israel before the breeding process began.

Click below to see a photo of a possible red heifer born in Israel and learn more about these interesting Bible facts.



In 1920 the Santa Gertrudis breed of beef cattle was formed on the famous King Ranch when an exceptional bull by the name of Monkey was used in cross breeding Brahma and the Shorthorn cattle. The result was the beautiful, red, Santa Gertrudis breed of beef cattle. Could one of these females one day become the Red Heifer mentioned in the Bible?

Only God knows. But Santa Gertrudis cattle sure do look like the red heifer bred in Israel.


Teresa Slack said...

Molly, I'm still toying with the idea of writing a western, part historical and part contemporary. I'm thinking of setting it in WY or CO. I'll have to pick your brain as I get closer to actually starting writing.

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

I've always been interested in the Red Heifer as it relates to apologetics. Thanks, Molly.

Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks for writing Teresa and Brenda. I wanted to comment on your recent article, Brenda. It sure was good. But my computer wouldn't budge when I clicked comment. For some reason, I am not able to comment on anybody's articles.