I feel as if Hollywood has created this false image of Jesus riding around on a 4’ tall Onos (Ass) as if we were in Mexico in the 1800’s.
In reality most men of office rode on horsesback and at best were pulled by horses on special occasions or if they were fat or lazy.
The Equus Asinus (jackass) or African wild ass was a pack animal. Damascus was once referred to as the “City of Asses” but this was most likely a play on words for making fun of a Canaanite. 2544 Chamowr kham-ore' Chamor, a Canaanite:--Hamor.
If you had wealth, then you rode on horseback (less stirrups) and the pack animal “Onas” was only ridden as a spare tire.
17 Now the watchman stood on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said: 'I see a company.' And Joram said: 'Take a HORSEMAN, and send to meet them, and let him say: Is it peace?'
19 Then he sent out a second on HORSEBACK, who came to them, and said: 'Thus saith the king: Is it peace?' And Jehu answered: 'What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me.'
Stirrups do not appear until the time of the Mongol empire and help explain why King Tut fell from his horse and stabbed his own leg.
It is hard to believe that the richest king in the world died from gold poison. (He must have been Jewish) Smile!
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