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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Bdellium

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del´i -um ( בּדלח , bedhōlaḥ ): The word occurs twice in the Pentateuch: (1) in Genesis 2:12 , in conjunction with gold and onyx, as a product of the land of HAVILAH (which see), and (2) in Numbers 11:7 , where the manna is likened to this substance in appearance: "The appearance thereof as the appearance of bdellium." The latter comparison excludes the idea of bedhōlaḥ being a precious stone, and points to the identification of it with the fragrant resinous gum known to the Greeks as bdellion , several kinds being mentioned by Dioscorides and Pliny. It was a product of Arabia, India, Afghanistan, etc.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Bdellium'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/b/bdellium.html. 1915.

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