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Honey
A sweet, liquid substance produced by bees, edible for humans.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Honey
Honey. Sweet syrup produced by bees (Jgs 14:8), either wild (1 Sm 14:25, 26) or domesticated (apparently so in 2 Chr 31:5). Sometimes, however, it may refer to thick grape syrup (as in Arabic) or date syrup (as described by Josephus). Honey was considered one of life’s necessities (Ecclus 39:26); one
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Honey
Honey[Heb deḇaš; Gk. méli]. The honey referred to in the OT was in most cases wild honey (Dt. 32:13; Jgs. 14:8f.; 1 S. 14:25f, 29, 43), although the offering of honey with the first fruits would seem to indicate that the bees were also domesticated (2 Ch. 31:5). The bees constructed their honeycomb
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Honey
HONEY Sweet syrup produced by bees (Jgs 14:8), either wild (1 Sm 14:25–26) or domesticated (apparently so in 2 Chr 31:5). Sometimes, however, it may refer to thick grape syrup (as in Arabic) or date syrup (as described by Josephus). Honey was considered one of life’s necessities (Ecclus 39:26); one must
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Honey
honey. Biblical references to honey include mention of domestic or cultivated honey (2 Chron. 31:5) and to wild honey recovered from among rocks (Deut. 32:13), from trees (1 Sam. 14:25–26), and, in one instance, from an animal carcass (Judg. 14:8–9). Honey was basic fare in the wilderness (“locusts and
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Honey, Honeycomb
HONEY, HONEYCOMB (Heb. deḇaš, ‘honey’, the usual word; nōp̱eṯ, ‘juice’, ‘dropping’; ya‘ar, ‘comb’; ya‘raṯ had-deḇaš, ‘comb of honey’; ṣûp̱ deḇaš, ‘a flowing of honey’; Gk. meli, ‘honey’; melission kērion, ‘honeycomb’). A favourite *food in biblical times (Pr. 24:13; cf. Ecclus. 11:3), honey
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Honey
HoneyA sweet viscid fluid produced by bees or derived from flowers. Honey (Heb. dĕḇaš) is one of the seven characteristics of the “good land,” Israel (Deut. 8:7–10); according to the Talmudic sages, this is date rather than bee honey, since the other seven qualities derive from plants, not animals.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Honey
Honey (Heb. deḇaš; Gk. méli).† A sweet, viscid, and nutritional fluid produced by bees from flower nectar; also a similar sweet fluid derived from fruits or juices. Most Old Testament references to honey concern the wild variety (e.g., Judg. 14:8–9; 1 Sam. 14:25–26, 29, 43; cf. Matt. 3:4
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Honey
HONEY Honey was found in abundance throughout Palestine and was used as the primary sweetener of foods in ancient times, especially as sugar was unknown. Metaphorically, honey described anything sweet or delightful (cf. Ps 19:11, 119:103; Prov 16:24, 24:13; Song 4:11; Sir 24:27, 49:2; Ezek 3:3; Rev 10:9–10).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Honey
Honey. The Hebrew debash in the first place applies to the product of the bee, to which exclusively we give the name of honey. All travellers agree in describing Palestine as a land “flowing with milk and honey,” Ex. 3:8; bees being abundant even in the remote parts of the wilderness, where they deposit
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Honey
HON´EY. A sweet, thick fluid manufactured by bees from flowers and fruits and placed in the cells of the comb (Judg. 14:8; Ps. 19:10). In the East honey was much esteemed as food (Gen. 43:11; 2 Sam. 17:29). It was often eaten directly from the honeycomb or prepared in various ways (Ex. 16:31; 1 Sam.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Honey
Honey(1.) Heb. ya’ar, occurs only 1 Sam. 14:25, 27, 29; Cant. 5:1, where it denotes the honey of bees. Properly the word signifies a forest or copse, and refers to honey found in woods.(2.) Nopheth, honey that drops (Ps. 19:10; Prov. 5:3; Cant. 4:11).(3.) Debash denotes bee-honey (Judg. 14:8); but
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Honey
Honeyhoney, viscid sweetener produced by several bees of Apis genus. Biblical references include those to domestic or cultivated honey (2 Chron. 31:5); wild honey recovered from among rocks (Deut. 32:13), from trees (1 Sam. 14:25–26), or even from an animal carcass (Judg. 14:8–9); and honey from grapes