New Defender's Study Bible Notes
11:6 cheweth the cud. This is one of the classic “mistakes” of the Bible, since it is well known that the hare does not chew the cud. In fact, this would also have been known to the ancient Israelites, so that they would make no such mistake. The problem is simply the mis-translation of the Hebrew arnebeth. This animal was not a hare, but is an unknown animal, now extinct. Modern translators, with their uniformitarian bias, seem constrained to equate all the ancient animals of the Bible with modern animals. They overlook the fact that many have become extinct in the last four thousand years, especially during the traumatic centuries of climatic upheaval immediately following the great flood, the period known to evolutionists as the Pleistocene Epoch, or Ice Age. There is no reason whatever to equate the extinct arnebeth with the hare. The identities of several of the other animals listed in this chapter are equally uncertain.