Remember Jacob’s spotted sheep from the book of Genesis? Well, according to The Guardian, a group of the sheep are about to be sent back to Israel in the coming months.
The 130 rare sheep are expected to be imported to Israel from Canada after years of being denied access and appealing to the country as it pertains to export laws, Vancouver breeders Jenna and Gil Lewinsky told The Guardian.
The sheep are believed to be the same “speckled or spotted” breed belonging to Jacob in Genesis 30:32.
“Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages,” the verse states, according to the New International Version.
Eitan Weiss, spokesperson for the Israeli embassy in Canada, told The Guardian that they were able to convince the Israeli government to accept the sheep following negotiations.
“And the ambassador visited Israel. He met some people with the ministry of agriculture and issued a letter,” Weiss told the media outlet. “The idea was very, very nice and of course we said, ‘Let’s push it.'”
Weiss and the Lewinskys are attempting to have the sheep transported back to Israel so they may be in their historic birthplace.
Jenna Lewinsky added to The Guardian that the sheep are expected to be used for historical and educational purposes upon their return to Israel.