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Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh: Plants of the Bible and the Quran
This book celebrates the plants of the Old Testament and New Testament, including the Apocrypha, and of the Quran. From acacia, the wood of the tabernacle, to wormwood, whose bitter leaves cured intestinal worms, 81 fascinating chapters—covering every plant that has a true botanical counterpart—tell the stories of the fruits and grains, grasses and trees, flowers and fragr ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Timber Press
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Dec 05, 2011 Sarah Bringhurst rated it it was amazing
What did Eve really eat in the Garden of Eden? Which plant produced Christ's crown of thorns? Are the "lilies of the field" actually poppies? Not your ordinary Biblical commentary, Musselman's book concentrates exclusively on the flora of the Bible and the Qur'an. The author is a respected botanist who has lived in and conducted research throughout the Middle East for many years. His exhaustive but manageable book presents every single plant mentioned in the holy books of the three major faiths ...more
I found this book while on a quest to answer the question: which plants or herb(s) made up the Balm of Gilead? It was great to find the answer after Internet searching failed me. I also looked specifically for what tree was the wood from which the Asherah in the ancient Israelite temple made? Unfortunately, I was disappointed in that search. The author did not seem familiar with the tradition of the Goddess in the Jewish tradition. Was it a surprise? Not really, but disappointing, yes. However, ...more