Blocks of pressed dried fruit
Food and drink
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Raisin. Staple food in biblical lands made by drying grapes on housetops. Raisins were used as gifts (1 Sm 25:18; 2 Sm 16:1–3), sometimes offered to false gods (Hos 3:1), and considered a source of nourishment (1 Sm 30:12; 1 Chr 12:40).See Food and Food Preparation.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Fig; Fig Tree
Fig; Fig Tree [Heb. teʾēnâ, pag̱; Gk. sýkon, sykéa, sykḗ, olýnthos]. The common fig, Ficus carica L., mentioned nearly sixty times in Scripture, is one of the most important Bible plants and was cultivated throughout Palestine, particularly in the mountainous regions. The wild fig was also commonly
Raisins [Heb. šimûqîm (1 S. 25:18; etc.), ʾašîšôṯ (Cant. 2:5)]; CAKE OF RAISINS; RAISIN-CAKE [Heb. ʾašîšâ] (2 S. 6:19; 1 Ch. 16:3; Isa. 16:7; Hos. 3:1); AV FLAGON (OF WINE), FOUNDATION (Isa. 16:7); NEB also “prosperous farmers” (Isa. 16:7).Grapes were dried in the sun in order to provide portable
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
RAISIN Staple food in biblical lands made by drying grapes on housetops. Raisins were used as gifts (1 Sm 25:18; 2 Sm 16:1–3), sometimes offered to false gods (Hos 3:1), and considered a source of nourishment (1 Sm 30:12; 1 Chr 12:40).See also Food and Food Preparation.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
fig (Ficus carica), a fruit tree common in both wild and cultivated forms throughout the Near East since ancient times. It is a beautiful shade tree whose large palm-shaped leaves were said to have been used to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3:7). The pear-shaped fruit,
Fir Tree
fir tree, as a general term, coniferous evergreens such as the cypress, juniper, and pine. The nrsv tends to use those more specific designations rather than “fir,” which was used in other English translations in passages such as Isa. 60:13; 2 Sam. 6:5; 2 Kings 5:10; 19:23; 2 Chron. 2:8. Where the nrsv
raisins, sun-dried grapes used for food (Song of Sol. 2:5), gifts (1 Sam. 25:18–31; 2 Sam. 16:1–4), military rations (1 Chron. 12:40), or religious offerings (Hos. 3:1; Isa. 16:7; Jer. 7:18). They were nourishing and traveled well both unprocessed and pressed into cakes.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Fig, Fig-Tree
FIG, FIG-TREE (Heb. te’ēnâ, ‘fig’, ‘fig-tree’; Heb. paḡ, ‘unripe first fig’, Ct. 2:13 only; Gk. olynthoi, ‘unripe fig’, unspecified season, Rev. 6:13 only; Gk. sykon, ‘fig’, Gk. sykē, ‘fig-tree’).Indigenous to Asia Minor and the E Mediterranean region, the fig-tree (Ficus carica) makes a tree up
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Fig Tree
Fig TreeA tree (Ficus carica L.; Heb. tĕʾēnâ; Gk. sýkon, sykḗ) whose fruit has remained a staple in the diet of the ancient Mediterranean world since earliest times. The tree reaches an average height of 3–6 m. (10–20 ft.). Its large palmate leaves open in the early spring and fall at the beginning
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Fig Tree
Fig Tree. A deciduous member of the mulberry family (Ficus carica L.), cultivated for its fruit.The fig tree is native to the entire Near East and the Mediterranean region and grows exceptionally well along the hills and valleys of Palestine and Syria, particularly in the valley near Tiberias along
Catholic Bible Dictionary
FIG The oblong or pear-shaped fruit of a tree found very commonly throughout Palestine. The fig tree is mentioned often in the Bible. Its fruit was eaten in a variety of forms, including fresh, dried, or cooked (1 Sam 25:18, 30:12; 1 Chr 12:40). The spies who were sent by Moses into the Promised Land
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Fig Fig tree
Fig, Fig tree. The fig tree (Ficus carica) is very common in Palestine. Deut. 8:8. Mount Olivet was famous for its fig trees in ancient times, and they are still found there. To “sit under one’s own vine and one’s own fig tree” became a proverbial expression among the Jews to denote peace and prosperity.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Raisins, Raisin Cakes
RAISINS, RAISIN CAKES. Raisins appear in Scripture either as clusters or bunches of raisins (1 Sam. 25:18; 30:12; 2 Sam. 16:1; 1 Chron. 12:40; all from Heb. ṣimmûq), or as raisin cakes (2 Sam. 6:19; 1 Chron. 16:3; Song of Sol. 2:5; Isa. 22:24; Hos. 3:1; all from Heb. ˒Lashı̂shâ). NASB “raisin cake”
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
FigFirst mentioned in Gen. 3:7. The fig-tree is mentioned (Deut. 8:8) as one of the valuable products of Palestine. It was a sign of peace and prosperity (1 Kings 4:25; Micah 4:4; Zech. 3:10). Figs were used medicinally (2 Kings 20:7), and pressed together and formed into “cakes” as articles of diet
Raisinsdried grapes; mentioned 1 Sam. 25:18; 30:12; 2 Sam. 16:1; 1 Chr. 12:40.