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Balm of Gilead
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Balm of Gilead
Balm of Gilead An ointment used on wounds, referred to metaphorically by Jeremiah in a prophetic oracle (Jer 8:22; Jer 46:11).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Gilead, Balm of
Gilead, Balm of. Substance of uncertain identification and one of several resins used in the Near East for medicinal purposes. It did not grow in Gilead, however, but may have received its name from being exported to Egypt and Phoenicia from Gilead (Gn 37:25; Ez 27:17). The substance supposedly had astringent,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Balm of Gilead
Balm of Gilead In antiquity this substance was reputed for its medicinal qualities, but it presents problems of identification. It has been held to be the aromatic resin exuded by the shrub Balsamodendron opobalsamum L., otherwise known as B. gileadense or Commiphora opobalsamum (L.) Engl. Perhaps no
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Gilead, Balm of
GILEAD*, BALM OF Substance of uncertain identification and one of several resins used in the Near East for medicinal purposes. It did not grow in Gilead, but it may have received its name from being exported to Egypt and Phoenicia from Gilead (Gn 37:25; Ez 27:17). The substance supposedly had astringent,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Balm of Gilead
Balm of Gilead. A substance with medicinal qualities mentioned at Jer. 8:22; 46:11 (Heb. o), possibly made in Gilead or simply exported from this region to Egypt (see Gen. 37:25) or Phoenicia (Ezek. 27:17). The name of the plant from which this aromatic resin is extracted is not identified (J.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Gilead, Balm of
Gilead, Balm ofThe region of Gilead abounded in spices and aromatic gums, which were exported to Egypt and Tyre (Gen. 37:25; Jer. 8:22; 46:11; Ezek. 27:17). The word “balm” is a contracted form of “balsam,” a word derived from the Greek balsamon, which was adopted as the representative of the Hebrew
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Balm of Gilead
BALM OF GILEAD — a plant product of Gilead exported to such nations as Egypt and Phoenicia. After Joseph’s brothers cast him into a pit, they saw an Ishmaelite caravan “coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh on their way to carry them down to Egypt” (Gen. 37:25).Apparently,
Gilead, Balm of
GILEAD, BALM OF — an aromatic gum or resin, reportedly having value as medicine (Jer. 8:22), exported from Gilead to Phoenicia (Ezek. 27:17) and Egypt (Gen. 37:25).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BALM OF GILEAD
BALM OF GILEADThe people of Jericho today prepare for the benefit of pilgrims a “Balm of Gilead” from the [zaqqum] (Balanites Aegyptiaca), but this has no serious claims to be the balm of antiquity. If we are to look beyond the borders of modern Palestine we may credit the tradition which claims that
Compton’s Encyclopedia
Balm of Gilead
Balm of Gilead(or balm of Mecca), small evergreen African, Arabian, and Asian tree (Commiphora meccanensis) of family Burseraceae; bears fragrant leaves and myrrhlike oleoresin (also called balm of Gilead), used since ancient times as medicinal salve and as fragrance; may be balm mentioned in certain
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Balm of Gilead
BALM OF GILEAD Substance known in the ancient world for its medical properties. Exported from Gilead to Egypt and Phoenicia (Gen. 37:25; Ezek. 27:17). See Balm.
Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times
Balm of Gilead
Balm of GileadGilead is the mountainous region east of the Sea of Galilee, in the modern country of Jordan. It was famous for a medicinal ointment, or balm, most likely derived from a local plant. In Genesis 37:25 a caravan from Gilead is said to be carrying balm, spices, and myrrh on their way to Egypt.
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