אַיִל Strong’s #352 ayil

And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt-offering in the stead of his son.

Genesis 22:13


This Hebrew word is usually translated as “a ram,” but also as “an oak tree.” Because our modern western minds associate an object with an image, we cannot comprehend how the Ancient Hebrew/Eastern mind saw these two objects as being similar. The Ancient Hebrews associated an object with its function rather than its appearance. The functional meaning of ayil is “a strong one;” the ram is the strong one of the herd and the oak, the hardest of woods, is the strong one of the forest.