Caper Plant
Caper-bud • Caperberry
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Caper Plant
Caper Plant. Low, spreading plant whose fruit was used as an appetite stimulant.See Plants.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Caper-bud [Heb. aḇiyyonâ; Gk. kápparis] (Eccl. 12:5, NEB); AV, RSV, DESIRE. The greenish bud or berry of the caper, a low Mediterranean shrub (Capparis sicula Duham.). The general nature of the common caper accords well with a picture of human senility. The plant usually spreads itself weakly over
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Caper Plant
CAPER PLANT* Low, spreading plant whose fruit was used as an appetite stimulant. See Plants.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Caper-Bud. The berry (Heb. ˒aḇîyônâ; “caper-fruit”; JB “caper bush”) of a thorny shrub with shiny green leaves and white blossoms, whose reddish-gold seeds stimulate the appetite (thus RSV “desire”; cf. KJV, NIV); ancient people regarded it as an aphrodisiac. At Eccl. 12:5 it characterizes
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
CAPERBERRY. The rendering in Eccles. 12:5 (NASB) of Heb. ˓ăbiyyônâ, “provocative of desire,” to form the reading “the caperberry is ineffective.” The KJV reads “desire shall fade”; the NIV, “desire is no longer stirred.” See Vegetable Kingdom.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CAPERBERRY<ka’-per-ber-i> (אֲבִּיּוֹנָה‎ [’abhiyonah]; [κάππαρις, kapparis]; Ecclesiastes 12:5 the Revised Version, margin): The translation “the caperberry shall fail” (the Revised Version (British and American) “burst”) instead of “desire shall fail” (the King James Version) has the support
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CAPERBERRY Fruit—Capparis spinosa—thought to increase sexual powers and used in Ecclesiastes to symbolize the dying physical desire of the aging (Eccles. 12:5 NASB). Most modern translations omit the symbolism of the Hebrew and translate “desire.”
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
caperberry. A low trailing shrub found throughout the Mediterranean coastal region. The flower bud has been used since antiquity as a spice, and many classical authors indicate that the berry or small white blossom was commonly used as an aphrodisiac and a condiment. The plant is identified as Capparis
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
CAPERBERRY, kāʹpẽr-ber-i (אֲבִיּוֹנָה‎, ’ăbhīyōnāh; κάππαρις, kápparis; Eccl 12:5 RVm): The tr “the caperberry shall fail” (RV “burst”) instead of “desire shall fail” (AV) has the support of the LXX and of some Talmudic writers (see G. F. Moore, JBL, X, 55–64), but it is doubtful.The caperberry
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
4. Caper
4. CaperCaper (ʾaviyonah אַבִיּוֹנָה) refers to the fruit of the caper bush (Capparis spinosa) that the ancients believed to have medicinal properties. It was used as an aphrodisiac and stimulant to the appetite (Eccl 12:5; NRSV, “almond tree blossoms”).
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