Phoenix (mythology)

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Comment by Chris on April 4th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Researching info on the phoenix and its origins, I came across the part on how it ties in with Christianity. I looked up the scripture of Job 29:18 in many different bibles and all say that his days would increase like the grains of sand. Also, no where in the bible does it mention that Eve tempted all of the animals to eat the fruit. It was only Adam and Eve that ate of the fruit. The fact that this encyclopedia is trusted by many people is disturbing to me because this may be one of hundreds of misleading explanations. Hope this information will help the accuracy of your encyclopedia. My wish is for the writers of this encyclopedia to consider the great accountability the have to the people.
Thank you.

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on April 8th, 2011 at 11:24 am

Thank you for your feedback. While you are correct that the Christian Bible does not mention the phoenix, in fact Jewish literature does. Different Jewish translations of the word “chol” in Job 29:18 include “sand,” “the phoenix,” and “a palm tree.” Also, the Jewish commentaries mention that Eve tempted all the creatures and only the phoenix refused to eat the fruit.

Thank you again for taking the time to comment and improve the New World Encyclopedia. I shall add to the article to clarify these points.

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