A breed of sheep believed to have been raised by the Bible’s Jacob are set to be sent to Israel in the coming months. The 130 rare sheep are expected to be imported to Israel from Canada after years of back and forth between the two countries regarding export laws, 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.'” READ MORE