By Lytton John Musselman
This ebook describes and illustrates each one plant pointed out within the outdated and New Testaments and the Apocrypha. The publication attracts on Lytton John Musselman's huge box investigations from Beirut to Borneo and from the Atlas to the Zagros mountains and comprises his unique photos of every plant. Incorporating new study on their use, the textual content additionally stories fresh analytical experiences of crops utilized in fabrics and know-how in addition to historical grains, beer creation, medication, tensile fabrics, cleaning soap, and different articles.
Based on those fabrics, Musselman offers numerous new plant identifications for debatable biblical passages. furthermore, the publication surveys the heritage of Bible plant literature from the time of the Greeks and Romans to the current and studies and correlates it with Bible plant hermeneutics.
To relief readers, large references for extra research are supplied, in addition to an index to all verses containing references to those vegetation, which permits the reader to fast find the plant of curiosity in its textual environment.
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Cypress Cupressus sempervirens [Hebrew berothim; 2 Samuel 6:5; 1 Kings 5:8, 10; 1 Kings 6:15, 34; 1 Kings 9:11; 2 Kings 19:23; 2 Chronicles 2:8; 2 Chronicles 3:5; Psalms 104:17; Song of Solomon 1:17; Isaiah 14:8; Isaiah 37:24; Isaiah 41:19; Isaiah 44:14; Isaiah 55:13; Isaiah 60:13; Ezekiel 27:5–6; Ezekiel 31:8; Hosea 14:8; Nahum 2:3; Zechariah 11:2 I am ascribing the use of berothim to cypress based on the value of this wood in the construction of ancient buildings, as recorded by Meiggs (1982) and as indicated by the generally inferior quality of pinewood from species that are fire adapted (see Pine).
All this is evidence of the production and use of beer in biblical days. Production of beer, whether from wheat or barley, requires malt, which is prepared from germinated grain that is dried, usually ground, and placed in a mixture of cooked grains, along with yeast. The malt breaks down the carbohydrates in the grains, which the yeast can then convert to alcohol. A culture of yeast, similar to the leaven of the Bible, had to be maintained Barley cakes prepared by grinding barley and mixing it with oil and seasonings, central Ethiopia.
Several species of indigenous almonds are among the most drought-resistant trees. Jacob used branches of the almond in his attempt to influence the breeding of his fatherin-law’s flock in Genesis 30. He so valued the nuts that he included almond in his gift for the ruler of Egypt in Genesis 43. This is the only reference to the fruit of the almond in the Bible. Interestingly, it is cited more frequently for its beauty than as food. It is in the lamp stand, the menorah, of the tabernacle that the almond is best known, where the individual lamps are shaped like almond flowers.
A Dictionary of Bible Plants by Lytton John Musselman