Listen to a Shofar

by Janna Jones

In the Bible, a ram’s horn was special to the people of Israel. They used the curved horn of a male sheep or goat—called a shofar—to make music, sound an alarm and signal victory.

Remember when the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho? They blew their horns right before the walls came tumbling down (Joshua 6:20). Gideon had his fighting men blow horns to win an important battle (Judges 7:16-22). Priests also carried special oils in horns that were used to anoint the kings of Israel.

Click the player below to hear this loud, mighty horn.

This text originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of Clubhouse Jr. magazine. Copyright © 2015 Janna Jones. Photo © slgckgc/; used under Creative Commons license.