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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary

Garlick

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שום . As this word occurs only in Numbers 11:5 , some doubts have arisen respecting the plant intended. From its being coupled with leeks and onions, there can be but little doubt that the garlick is meant. The Talmudists frequently mention the use of this plant among the Jews, and their fondness for it. That garlicks grew plenteously in Egypt, is asserted by Dioscorides: there they were much esteemed, and were both eaten and worshipped:

"Then gods were recommended by their taste. Such savoury deities must needs be good, Which served at once for worship and for food."

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Garlick'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/g/garlick.html. 1831-2.

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