Apple Tree • Apple-Tree • Apricot • Tappûach
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Apple, Apple Tree
Apple, Apple Tree. Fruit and tree not native to the Near East but used by some versions to translate certain references to fruit in the OT.See Plants (Apricot).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Apple; Apple-tree
Apple; Apple-tree [Heb. tappû(a)ḥ; Gk. mḗlon]; NEB also APRICOT (-TREE). The identity of the biblical apple is one of the most puzzling questions of biblical botany. The common apple (Malus pumila Mill.) is of recent introduction to Palestine, and in its wild form would not match the elegant OT
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Apple, Apple Tree
APPLE, APPLE TREE Fruit and tree not native to the Near East but used by some versions to translate certain references to fruit in the OT. See Plants (Apricot).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
apple, a tree-grown fruit (Pyrus malus) that may not have been originally native to the Levant, although it grows commonly there now. Consequently, many specialists think that the “apples of gold” in Prov. 25:11 were apricots (Prunus armeniaca); apricot trees provide both abundant shade and golden fruit,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
AppleA fruit tree (Heb. tappûaḥ), Malus sylvestri. Mill., known to have been cultivated in Egypt and Syria in biblical times (cf. Arab. tufaʿḥ). Carbonized remains of the fruit have been found in 9th-century b.c.e. debris from Kadesh-barnea. Some scholars, however, contend that the “apples of gold” (Prov.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Apple. While Heb. tappûaḥ is properly translated “apple” on linguistic grounds, the apple tree known to have existed in ancient Palestine—a tree growing only in isolated areas and producing fruit of poor quality—does not square with the rich biblical imagery, particularly in Canticles. For this reason,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
APPLE (Hebrew tappûaḥ) A fruit that was cultivated in some parts of the Middle East during biblical times, in particular in Egypt and Syria. It is not certain which fruit is meant in the scriptural references to “apples.” For example, the “apples of gold” in Prov 25:11 may be apricots. Other references
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Apple Tree
Apple Tree, Apple (Heb. tappûach). Mention of the apple tree occurs in the Authorized Version in Song. 2:5; 7:8. It is a difficult matter to say what is the specific tree denoted by the Hebrew word tappûach. (“The apple proper is rare in Syria, and its fruit inferior.”) Most modern writers maintain
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Apple(Heb. tappuah, meaning “fragrance”). Probably the apricot or quince is intended by the word, as Palestine was too hot for the growth of apples proper. It is enumerated among the most valuable trees of Palestine (Joel 1:12), and frequently referred to in Canticles, and noted for its beauty (2:3,
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Appleapple, a tree-grown fruit with wide geographic distribution. Although traditionally considered the fruit from the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden, the apple is never mentioned by name (Gen. 2:9, 17; Gen. 3:6). The fruit of Eden is referred to in Hebrew as tappuaḥ. The apple (Pyrus malus)
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
APPLE; APPLE-TREE<ap’-l> <ap’-l tre>, ( תַּפּוּחַ‎ [tappuach]): A fruit tree and fruit mentioned chiefly in Cant, concerning the true nature of which there has been much dispute.Song 2:3 says: “As the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow
Compton’s Encyclopedia
appleBecause of the apple’s fine qualities, it is sometimes called the king of fruits. The hardy apple flourishes over more parts of the Earth than any other fruit tree. Because the fruit keeps for months in cool storage, it was a dependable winter fruit supply before cold storage was developed.The
apricotWhen the first warm days of spring relieve the winter chill, the buds of the apricot trees begin to stir. The little white or shell-pink blossoms begin to cover the bare twigs of the tree long before most other fruit trees have blossomed. Tiny leaves appear soon after the flowers.The small green
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