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Originally Posted by kwaw
Both phoenix and eagle were also connected with the Tree of Life in the garden of Eden....
...and like the phoenix, the eagle is connected with regeneration, renewal in the bible:

Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Psalms 103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Psalms 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good; thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

(NSher = eagle, vulture, griffon).

According to Jewish legend that can also be found in Physilogus (a common medieval source book) when the eagle grows old it seeks out a spring, flies into the atmosphere of the Sun to burn away its wings and the dimmness of the eyes, then dips itself three times into the spring of water / fountain of life to renew itself.
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