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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Almond Tree
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
Almond Tree; Almond
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Hebrew - almond, shaped like almond
Hebrew - almond, almond tree, almonds
Hebrew - almond

A large, nut-bearing tree and the nuts it bears. Noted as the first tree to bloom (January) and for its pretty white or pink blossoms. Jacob used the almond (KJV, “hazel”) as a breeding device to increase his herds (Genesis 30:37). Jacob sent almonds as one of the best fruits of the land to satisfy the Egyptian ruler (Genesis 43:11). The bowls for the tabernacle had almond-shaped decorations (Exodus 25:33-34). Aaron's rod miraculously produced ripe almonds, showing he and his tribe were the only chosen priests (Numbers 17:8). The early-appearing white bloom of the almond apparently serves as a picture of the early-graying of a person's hair, pointing the writer of Ecclesiastes to the certainty of death (Ecclesiastes 12:5). The early blossom meant for Jeremiah that the almond watched for spring and gave the prophet a wordplay on the almond (Hebrew, shaqed) and his task to watch (Hebrew, shoqed) (Jeremiah 1:11).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'ALMOND'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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