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A plant used in rituals for ceremonial cleansing and atonement (e.g., Exod 12:22; Lev 14:4, 52; Num 19:6, 18; Heb 9:19).
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hyssop (Origanum Syriacum), a small shrub about 27 inches high with small white flowers in bunches at the end of the stem. A bunch of hyssop was used to apply blood to doorposts at Passover (Exod. 12:22). Hyssop was also used to sprinkle a blood-and-water mixture on a person healed of leprosy or on a
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
HyssopIn biblical usage a plant of uncertain identity. The caperbush (Capparis spinosa L.) is one of several candidates. It often grows in the crevices of walls, it would sprinkle liquid well, and its branches can be quite long. The Syrian hyssop (Origanum syriacum L.), which grows on rocks in Egypt
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hyssop [hĭsˊəp] (Heb. ˒ēzôḇ; Gk. hýssōpos). A fragrant, aromatic plant of the Labiatae family. True hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis L.) does not grow in Palestine. Thus, in the Bible hyssop may refer to several species, most likely marjoram of the Syrian and Egyptian varieties (Origanum maru L.).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
HYSSOP A plant noted for its dense leaves and its habit of growing on walls (1 Kgs 4:33; cf. Lev 14:6; Num 19:6; Heb 9:19). Scholars believe that the hyssop in Scripture was the herb we call marjoram. Hyssop was used especially in liturgical rites for sprinkling the blood of the Passover on the doorposts
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Hyssop. (Heb. êzôb.) The êzôb was used for sprinkling in some of the sacrifices and purifications of the Jews. In consequence of its detergent qualities, or from its being associated with the purificatory services, the Psalmist makes use of the expression, “Purge me with êzôb.” Ps. 51:7. It is
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
HYSSOP. In some of the sacrifices the relation between the shed blood and the transgressor was made manifest by the sprinkling on him of part of the blood. This was done using a bunch of hyssop. The first record of this use of hyssop is in connection with the Exodus, when the Israelites employed it to
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Hyssop—(Heb. ʾezob; LXX. hyssopos), first mentioned in Ex. 12:22 in connection with the institution of the Passover. We find it afterwards mentioned in Lev. 14:4, 6, 52; Num. 19:6, 18; Heb. 9:19. It is spoken of as a plant “springing out of the wall” (1 Kings 4:33). Many conjectures have been formed
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Hyssophyssop (Origanum Syriacum), in the Bible Syrian Hyssop, a small shrub about 27 in. high with small white flowers in bunches at the end of the stem. A bunch of hyssop was used to apply blood to doorposts at Passover (Exod. 12:22). Hyssop was also used to sprinkle a blood and water mixture on a
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