|Does the Bible erroneously give hares a hoof?|
Deut. 14:7 Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you.
It is objected that the proper term for a hare's foot is not a hoof.
The Hebrew word here, however, can indicate a claw or a hoof, and hares do have claws. The problem is that critics are assigning technical meaning to a generic term, based on a poor KJV translation.
This is also the problem when critics charge that camels do indeed have hooves. Actually they do not, unless we use the term "hoof" imprecisely. Camels have a large pad but do not have what is properly called a hoof.