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Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh by Lytton John Musselman
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Dec 05, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: books-i-aspire-to-own, christianity, judaism, middle-east, islam, food, natural-healing

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 of the Holy Land. I love that he presented the plants of the Qur'an side by side with those of the Bible. It was interesting to see which plants overlapped. Having lived in the region, Musselman can present not only botanical and historical facts about the plants, but also explain how they are eaten, worn, and used by people today. The many lovely photographs in the book are mostly his own, and portray both the plants themselves and their appearances in everyday modern life in Bible lands, whether at the apothecary's store, the vegetable market, or just in the landscape.
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Reading Progress

December 5, 2011 – Started Reading
December 5, 2011 – Shelved
January 11, 2012 – Shelved as: books-i-aspire-to-own
January 9, 2013 – Shelved as: middle-east
January 9, 2013 – Shelved as: christianity
January 9, 2013 – Shelved as: judaism
January 9, 2013 – Shelved as: islam
January 9, 2013 – Shelved as: food
January 9, 2013 – Shelved as: natural-healing
April 16, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Robert Masolele I need to hv this book


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