Sunday, August 14th at 8PM Israel Time
The Holy Land where three continents meet stretches across four climatic zones along a small sliver of land between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea and is rich with vegetation.
The Hebrew Bible mentions more than 100 different plants by name, and each one with its purpose. Plants were used in agriculture, medicine or ritual, though flowers, that only give us joy to look at – are not mentioned in the Hebrew scriptures.
The New Testament only mentions about a dozen plants. Yeshua used botanical and agricultural imagery to illustrate his messages, images that his hearers could easily understand, like the common “lilies of the field.”
People living in the land in biblical times were well acquainted with the multitude of fruit trees, medicinal herbs, tasty spices and scented plants. Some were used for construction or different industries, and people understood their every quality.
Translators of the Bible, like the King James Version (1611), were unfamiliar with the original Hebrew and knew little of the flora of the Holy Land. To get around this they sometimes chose names from their local flora to make the plants familiar to their readers.
In addition to plants mentioned in the Bible, some flowers and bushes became sacred by tradition by connecting a quality or shape of a plant to a person, an event, or a virtue of importance to Christianity.
A pilgrim or visitor to Israel today can meet, in different seasons, about 50 different plants that are considered Holy, Sacred or Blessed. Some are obvious and famous like the vine and the olive, some need to be searched for. Others might not be familiar to visitors from overseas. Recognizing these plants and understanding their meaning will deepen the experience of a trip to Israel and add another dimension to understanding the Bible or taking a walk in the Footsteps of Yeshua.
In this tour of flora around Israel, we will meet and learn about the plants, their connection to the Bible, and their symbolism in the Holy Land.
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