Gilead Balm of
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“The region of Gilead abounded in spices and aromatic gums, which” were exported to Egypt and Tyre (Gen. 37:25; Jer. 8:22; 46:11; “Ezek. 27:17). The word “balm” is a contracted form of “balsam,” “a word derived from the Greek balsamon, which was adopted as the” “representative of the Hebrew words baal shemen, meaning “lord” “or “chief of oils.” “The Hebrew name of this balm was tsori. The tree yielding this medicinal oil was probably the Balsamodendron opobalsamum of “botanists, and the Amyris opobalsamum of Linnaeus. It is an” “evergreen, rising to the height of about 14 feet. The oil or” “resin, exuding through an orifice made in its bark in very small” “quantities, is esteemed of great value for its supposed” medicinal qualities. (See BALM.) It may be noted that “Coverdale’s version reads in Jer. 8:22, “There is no triacle in” “Galaad.” The word “triacle” = “treacle” is used in the sense of” ointment.
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