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People's Dictionary of the Bible

Pomegranate

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Pomegranate (pum-gran'nate). The pomegranate has been cultivated from early times in Syria, Numbers 13:23; Deuteronomy 8:8, and the warmer regions of the east. It rarely exceeds ten feet in height, and has small lance-shaped, glossy leaves, of a reddish-green when young, but becoming pea-green and remaining alive through the winter. The flowers are of a brilliant scarlet or orange, and in August or September the fruit ripens. This is of the size of an orange, flattened at the ends like an apple, is of a beautiful brown-red color, Song of Solomon 4:3; Song of Solomon 6:7, has a hard rind and is filled with pulp of a highly grateful flavor. The abundant juice was made into wine, Song of Solomon 8:2, and used for a cooling drink. Some cultivated trees bear sweet and some sour fruit, while the wild pomegranates yield only a small and worthless apple.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Pomegranate'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/p/pomegranate.html. 1893.

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