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Interestingly, despite there being several good answers here, no one has yet raised the possibility that the word ראם (re'em) refers to an animal known as the aurochs or urus (Bos primigenius). Around the turn of the twentieth century (i.e. 1900), the Akkadian cognate word rimu was discovered. (Wikipedia credits Johann Ulrich Duerst for this discovery, ...


To answer your first question, yes the theory appears to be considered a valid possibility. Dictionary of the Old Testament (2008) argues for the idea. The Psalms of Lament in Mark's Passion (2007) and An Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books offer it as an alternative view in footnotes Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? (2012) states "The ...

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