Ethnobotanical Insights into Biblical Life and Language
Metaphors drawn from nature and daily life helped the ancient Israelites to connect with the Bible, but modern readers often find them remote and difficult to understand. Why, for example, was Noah told to build an ark of “gopher wood”? There is no tree by that name. How did wormwood (Artemisia spp.) come to symbolize social corruption? What characteristics made olive trees the model of care for elderly parents and an inspiration for national reconciliation after civil conflict? Biblical and Talmudic ethnobotanist Dr. Jon Greenberg of TorahFlora.org will be our guide as we use Middle-Eastern natural history and the history of food and agriculture to explore these and other mysteries.
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