Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Garlic [Heb šûm; cf. Arab ṯûm]. One of the Egyptian delicacies that the wandering Israelites longed for (Nu. 11:5). The common garlic, Allium sativum L., was cultivated in the ancient Near East for culinary purposes. It has stomachic, diuretic, antispasmodic, and anthelmintic (worming) properties.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
GarlicA bulbous herb (Allium sativum L.) related to the onion, probably from the Kirghiz steppe, much in demand even in antiquity as a seasoning for food. The Israelites were introduced to garlic (Heb. šûm) and other spicy foods while laboring in Egypt (Num. 11:5). The small garlic bulbs, wrapped
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Garlic (Heb. šům). A bulbous herb (Allium sativum L.) related to the onion, probably from the Kirghiz steppe, much in demand even in antiquity as a seasoning for food. The laboring Israelites were introduced to garlic and other kinds of spicy foods while in Egypt (Num. 11:5). The small garlic bulbs,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Garlic—(Heb. shum, from its strong odour), mentioned only once (Num. 11:5). The garlic common in Eastern countries is the Allium sativum or Allium Ascalonicum, so called from its having been brought into Europe from Ascalon by the Crusaders. It is now known by the name of “shallot” or “eschalot.”
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
GARLIC<gar’-lik> ([שׁוּם, shum], used only in plural [שׁוּמִים, shumim]; compare Arabic thum): One of the delights of Egypt for which the Israelites in the Wilderness longed (Nu 11:5); we know from other sources that, though originally a product of Central Asia, garlic was known to the ancient Egyptians.
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
garlic. KJV “garlick.” This vegetable is mentioned only once in the Bible as one of the pleasant food varieties from Egypt that the Israelites longed for in the wilderness (šûmîm H8770, Num. 11:5). Though the passage refers to the garlic grown in Egypt, there is no doubt at all that this crop subsequently
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
GARLIC, gärʹlik (שׁוּם, shūm, used only in pl. שׁוּמִים, shūmīm; cf Arab. ثُوم, thûm): One of the delights of Egypt for which the Israelites in the Wilderness longed (Nu 11:5); we know from other sources that, though originally a product of Central Asia, garlic was known to the ancient Egyptians.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
GARLIC [שׁוּם shum]. Garlic (Allium sativum) was among the savory Egyptian foods the hungry Israelites missed during their trek in the wilderness (Num 11:5). Native to Iran and central Asia, cloves of garlic were common offerings in Egyptian tombs, including that of Tutankhamen. The plant, which is cultivated
3. GarlicGarlic (Allium sativum) is a familiar species of onion that was popular in ancient times (Num 11:5). Unlike typical onions, garlic bulbs are composed of separate cloves, each of which will grow a new plant, as the flowers do not produce fertile seeds. The cloves are strongly flavored and are
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