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Samson and Joseph were both tempted by women; one conquered and the other was himself conquered. ] IV. P On the Swordfish hysiologus spoke well of those who abstain from all things but who do not persevere to the end [cf. Matt. 24: 13]ยท There is an animal in the sea, he said, called the swordfish, which has long wings; and, when he sees the ships sailing, he imitates them and raises his wings and strives with the ships as they sail. Growing tired after racing three or four miles or more, he folds up his wings and the waves carry him back to his former abode where he was at first.

4: 8]. ["Indeed, those who believed not, received not. ] But you say that the charadrius is unclean according to the law, therefore how can he represent the person of the Savior? The serpent is unclean, yet the Lord himself bore witness concerning him in the Gospel, saying, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up" [John 3: 14]. The serpent was called a rather wise beast, as were the lion and many others. The creatures are twofold: the praiseworthy and the blameworthy.

While the Latin text of Physiologus contains about fifty chapters, the greatly expanded bestiaries contain as many as one hundred and fifty chapters. , and often carryover the etymological learning of Isidore, informing us, for example, that the viper (vipera) is so named because it gives birth with violence (vi), that the phoenix derives its name from its purple color (phoeniceus), and that the beaver is called castor because of its self-castration. In many instances, chapters derived from Physiologus in the bestiaries still begin and end with the formulas, "Physiologus says of the .

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