Through my readings of Charles Darwin, considered the “Father of Modern Biology,” I have enjoyed his references to the ancient writings of the Bible.  A reference in “Origin of Species,”  to Jacob’s manipulation of the color of Laban’s sheep is mentioned:  “From passages in Genesis it is clear that the colour of domestic animals was at that early period attended to.”  This quote of Darwin is from Chapter I of “Origin of Species,” a facsimile of the first edition, in the paragraph beginning “It may be objected.”

Another interesting reference to the ancient Biblical writings comes in Darwin’s second edition of “Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication,” Volume 2.  In Chapter XIII, Darwin refers to the flocks of David:  “There is reason to believe that sheep in their early domesticated condition were “brown or dingy black;” but even in the time of David certain flocks were spoken of as white as snow.”  This is in his chapter on Reversion, in the paragraph beginning:  “The aboriginal species.”

King David had a son named Solomon, who succeeded him as king.  I have not come across mention of Solomon in Darwin’s writings, yet.  However, it is said that Solomon was the richest and the wisest man ever to live.  Apparently, ALL of the kings of the world sent their wise people to listen to Solomon, specifically his wisdom pertaining to nature.  Solomon apparently lived from 970-931 BCE, which makes his wisdom precede Darwin, the Father of Modern Biology, by about 3000 years!

1 Kings 4:32-34 New International Version (NIV)

32 He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. 33 He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. 34 From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Kings 4:34 In Hebrew texts 4:21-34 is numbered 5:1-14.

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