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Chapter 14


Several kinds of nuts are mentioned in the Bible. Jacob used almond rods in his scheme to breed spotted sheep and goats (Genesis 30: 37), and almond nuts are noted in Genesis 43: 11 and Numbers 14: 8. Almond blossoms are referred to in Exodus 25: 33 and Ecclesiastes 12: 5.

Pistachio nuts and walnuts appear in Song of Solomon 6: 11, and the nuts referred to in Genesis 43: 11 might also have been pistachios. The King James Version mentions chestnuts and hazel nuts in Genesis 30: 37, but this is an error since the former only grow in North Temperate regions and while some varieties of hazel nuts are native to parts of Asia and North Africa, they probably did not grow in Palestine.

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