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Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh

Plants of the Bible and the Quran

By Lytton John Musselman

Foreword by Garrison Keillor

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Timber Press
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Number Of Pages
336
Publication Date
November 01, 2007
ISBN
9781604690194

Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh

Plants of the Bible and the Quran

By Lytton John Musselman

Foreword by Garrison Keillor

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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 fragrances of ancient lore. The descriptions include the plants' botanical characteristics, habitat, uses, and literary context. With evocative quotations and revelatory interpretations, this information is all the more critical today as the traditional agrarian societies that knew the plants intimately become urbanized.

The unusually broad geographic range of this volume extends beyond Israel to encompass the Holy Land's biblical neighbors from southern Turkey to central Sudan and from Cyprus to the Iraq border.

Richly illustrated with extensive color photography and with a foreword by the incomparable Garrison Keillor, this delightful ecumenical botany offers the welcome tonic of a deep look into an enduring, shared natural heritage.

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Review quotes

“The enormous task of examining the diverse and sometimes speculative side of religious ethnobotany is well executed here. . . . Appears to be the only work published to date to include both the Bible and the Quran.” —Library Journal

“Equally of interest for religious, historical, or horticultural reasons.” —Chicago Tribune

“This is a fun one. I’m always interested in plants that have literary and historic connections.” —Garden Rant

“A readable and relevant book for our times. For those gardening with the plants of the Mediterranean, the book will be a treasured resource.” —Pacific Horticulture

“An authoritative—but accessible—look at not only the plants of the Bible (including the Apocrypha), but also the Quran. . . . [An] interesting and worthwhile book. . . . I highly recommend it.” —Christian Science Monitor

“A promising title to try. . . . A thorough, ethno-botanical tome.” —Hobby Farms Magazine

“Musselman’s fascinating work includes not only the stories of ancient plants but also botanical characteristics, native environment, uses, and literary context. If you are looking for a serious approach to the subject of plants of the Bible, then this is the book.” —Garden Compass

“There’s a forward from Garrison Keillor, who, like most of us, (and in spite of a strict Christian upbringing) had no idea what myrrh or frankincense actually were. Well, now he does, and you will too.” —Buffalo Spree

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Product details

Published By
Timber Press
Categories
Number Of Pages
336
Publication Date
November 01, 2007
ISBN
9781604690194

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