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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary

Olive Tree

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וית , ελαια , Matthew 21:1; Romans 11:17; Romans 11:24; James 3:12; αγριελαιος , oleaster, the wild olive, Romans 11:17; Romans 11:24 . Tournefort mentions eighteen kinds of olives; but in the Scripture we only read of the cultivated and wild olive. The cultivated olive is of a moderate height, and thrives best in a sunny and warm soil. Its trunk is knotty; its bark is smooth, and of an ash colour; its wood is solid, and yellowish; its leaves are oblong, and almost like those of the willow, of a dark green colour on the upper side, and a whitish below. In the month of June it puts forth white flowers, growing in bunches, each of one piece, and widening toward the top, and dividing into four parts. After this flower succeeds the fruit, which is oblong and plump. It is first green, then pale, and, when quite ripe, becomes black. Within it is enclosed a hard stone, filled with oblong seeds. The wild olives were of a less kind. Canaan much abounded with olives. It seems almost every proprietor, whether kings or subjects, had their olive yards. The olive branch was, from most ancient times, used as the symbol of reconciliation and peace.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Olive Tree'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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