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A Dictionary of Bible Plants

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  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521110990

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About the Authors
  • This book describes and illustrates each plant mentioned in the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha. The book draws on Lytton John Musselman's extensive field investigations from Beirut to Borneo and from the Atlas to the Zagros mountains and includes his original images of each plant. Incorporating new research on their use, the text also reviews recent analytical studies of plants used in materials and technology as well as ancient grains, beer production, medicine, tensile materials, soap, and other articles. Based on these materials, Musselman provides several new plant identifications for controversial biblical passages. In addition, the book surveys the history of Bible plant literature from the time of the Greeks and Romans to the present and reviews and correlates it with Bible plant hermeneutics. To aid readers, extensive references for further study are provided, along with an index to all verses containing references to these plants, which enables the reader to quickly locate the plant of interest in its textual setting.

    • Original work based on first-hand experience with the plants, also incorporating a literature review and appendices for reference
    • An exhaustive listing that includes all the plants in the Old Testament, New Testament and Apocrypha
    • Provides an illustration of each plant, including color plates
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Advance Praise: “For a very long time I have read commentary after commentary on the Bible where the Bible scholar thought they knew what they were talking about when it came to the flora and the fauna of the Bible. It turns out, as Lytton Musselman shows, they don't! Here finally we have a definitive and informative treatment of the plants of the Bible, both small and large. Highly recommended.” – Dr. Ben Witherington, III, Asbury Theological Seminary

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521110990
    • length: 186 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 184 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 118 b/w illus. 77 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Review of Bible plant literature
    Biblical plant entries
    References cited
    Appendix of plant names
    Appendix of Bible versions
    Appendix of scripture references.

  • Author

    Lytton John Musselman, Old Dominion University, Virginia
    Lytton John Musselman is Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany in the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University and a long-time student of plants of the Bible and Quran. Among his books on this topic are Jordan in Bloom: Wildflowers of the Holy Land and Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh: Plants of the Bible and the Quran. He is also founder and manager of the Blackwater Ecologic Preserve in southeastern Virginia and is presently part of a team working on a Flora of Iraq.

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