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A promising title to try. ... A thorough, ethno-botanical tome. Hobby Farms Magazine 20071101 This is a fun one. I'm always interested in plants that have literary and historic connections. -- Elizabeth Licata Garden Rant 20071114 Equally of interest for religious, historical, or horticultural reasons. -- Beth Botts Chicago Tribune 20071202 There's a forward from Garrison Keillor, who, like most of us, (and in spite of a strict Christian upbringing) had no idea what myrrh or frankincense actually were. Well, now he does, and you will too. Buffalo Spree 20071201 The enormous task of examining the diverse and sometimes speculative side of religious ethnobotany is well executed here. ... Appears to be the only work published to date to include both the Bible and the Quran. -- Tracy Mohaidheen Library Journal 20080101 Musselman's fascinating work includes not only the stories of ancient plants but also botanical characteristics, native environment, uses, and literary context. If you are looking for a serious approach to the subject of plants of the Bible, then this is the book. -- John Bagnasco Garden Compass 20080401 An authoritative - but accessible - look at not only the plants of the Bible (including the Apocrypha), but also the Quran. ... [An] interesting and worthwhile book. ... I highly recommend it. -- Judy Lowe Christian Science Monitor 20080902 A readable and relevant book for our times. For those gardening with the plants of the Mediterranean, the book will be a treasured resource. -- Katherine Greenberg Pacific Horticulture 20081101


This book celebrates the plants of the Old Testament, New Testament, and Quran. From acacia, the wood of the tabernacle, to wormwood, whose bitter leaves, as absinthe, flavor alcoholic drinks, 81 chapters cover the more than 100 plants in the holy texts that have true botanical counterparts. Fascinating stories of the fruits, grains, grasses, trees, flowers, and fragrances include botanical characteristics, habitat, uses, and literary context. Richly illustrated with extensive color, this delightful ecumenical botany offers the welcome tonic of a deep look into an enduring, shared natural heritage.

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An extraordinary book! 19. Mai 2008
Von Marshall R. Hudson-knapp - Veröffentlicht auf
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First, start out reading a rib-tickling introduction by Garrison Keillor. Keillor grew up in the same church with the author and that's an interesting story, Even more entertaining is Keillor's effort to describe myrrh, his reflections on the Song of Solomon(!), and his thoughts on rue! If that doesn't leave you smiling your face is broken!

Second, if you have any interest in plants or gardens and the Bible (or the Quran) you will be thrilled with the photos of biblical plants as they are grown, prepared and enjoyed today in the lands of the Bible. Musselman has spent good stretches of time in several areas of the Middle East, and local folks have joyfully shared their ongoing practices with him. His photos are extremely valuable in their beauty, their ability to set plants of the Bible and Quran in their contemporary setting, and to show us their blossoms, fruit, and leaves in case you decide to create a faith garden and hope to choose other similar plants. Even if you don't have a big interest in Bible plants (as I do) you will enjoy the many, many beautiful full-color photos!

Third, if you ever thought about growing plants from the Bible or the Quran, Dr. Musselman gives you a wonderful guide for selecting the plants. Not only does he present an interesting and extremely thorough study of which plants are in these sacred books (Musselman teaches Biblical Botany at Old Dominion College). He shares the process by which he made his choices. Some are identical to the best of his predecessors in identifying plants in the Bible, and some well-argued that differ. Keep us thinking!

Finally, if you teach faith to children at home or at your place of worship, the photos and stories about plants in the Bible will be a wonderful way to help your students start a hands-on experience of faith. Children in churches, synagogues and mosques around the world are growing faith gardens - raising their own watermelons, lilies, grapes, wheat, figs, and up to 100 other plants that bring faith to life. Classes and families are learning and growing, feasting and drawing, worshipping and playing in faith-nurturing gardens - while learning to care for creation! Google "Biblical Gardens" and discover some of the many ways people are teaching faith to their children. Then get a copy of Figs, Dates, Laurels and Myrrh right away and start your own faith garden!

I feel a special gratitude to Dr. Musselman. Our church and others have been growing and promoting faith gardens for 25 years. He has encouraged us along the way and his work gives us all a beautiful, well-studied resource to take us to real people today who, like people in Bible times, are growing gardens and growing faith! May he be blessed, as you will be, through his lovely book!

The Rev. Marsh Hudson-Knapp is the co-founder of the Biblical Gardens at the First Congregational Church of Fair Haven, VT, U.C.C., webmaster of a Biblical Garden website, and author of several publications about Biblical Gardens including the Selection Guide for Planning Your Biblical Garden.
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Just what I hoped for; a fantastic encyclopedia of biblical plants 29. Dezember 2008
Von Gen of North Coast Gardening - Veröffentlicht auf
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I'm a landscape designer with a starry-eyed interest in ancient lives and texts, so when I saw this book had come out from Timber Press, my favorite Horticultural publishers, I had to pick it up.

It's exactly what I hoped for - an encyclopedic reference, with many photos, of the plants in the Quran and Bible, with references to the actual text in which they are mentioned, and their historical context and info.

I learned all about what the plants were used for, what they represented in the texts, how people processed them and interacted with the plants in ancient times, and saw photos of the relevant plant parts and the plants in the wild and even used in a modern context.

Even for an atheist like me, there is a huge amount of historical information and interest in this book. I loved the concise yet thorough information and all the photos. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in history, religious texts, or plants. It's not dry at all as I had feared.
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figs dates laurel and myrrh - plants of the bible and the quran 25. November 2007
Von T. Rodwell - Veröffentlicht auf
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This hardcover book is beautifully illustrated on the research of the individual plants discussed. It is well written,interesting and easily understood. It is a valued addition to my library of bible plant literature.Thank you amazon for your speedy and efficient service.
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Figs, Dates, Laurel and Myrrh 11. September 2008
Von Peggy J. Mcclure - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Excellent book and guide for planting a Biblical garden. The book arrived promptly and was is excellent condition.
Beautiful photos. Lots of info. 26. April 2014
Von Jane Burch-Pesses - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a beautiful book. Great photos. Glossy pages. Well designed. Readable. The author makes the point that the areas under discussion are actually ecologically quite diverse.

What I would have really liked is a map of the ecosystems of the area. He describes the ecosystem each plant comes from but since the plants are listed alphabetically by common name, a desert plant may precede or be followed by a forest plant. I don't really have a sense of the area and what grew where. A miniature map with a highlighted area of the plant's supposed range (like they do in bird books or field guides) would have been really helpful. I understand that the ecosystems have changed and some of the range would be speculative, but it would still be more information than I am able to visualize now.
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