Mouse (the corn-eater). The name of this animal occurs in Lev. 11:29; 1 Sam. 6:4, 5; Isa. 66:17. The Hebrew word is in all probability generic, and is not intended to denote any particular species of mouse. The original word denotes a field-ravager, and may therefore comprehend any destructive rodent. Tristram found twenty-three species of mice in Palestine. It is probable that in 1 Sam. 6:5 the expression “the mice that mar the land” includes and more particularly refers to the short-tailed field-mice (Arvicola agrestis, Flem.), which cause great destruction to the corn-lands of Syria.
The Field Mouse.