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Genesis 30:14

Overview - Genesis 30
Rachel, in grief for her barrenness, gives Bilhah her maid unto Jacob.
Bilhah bears Dan and Naphtali.
Leah gives Zilpah her maid, who bears Gad and Asher.
14 Reuben finds mandrakes, with which Leah buys her husband's company of Rachel.
17 Leah bears Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah.
22 Rachel bears Joseph.
25 Jacob desires to depart.
27 Laban detains him on a new agreement.
37 Jacob's policy, whereby he becomes rich.
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Genesis 30:14  (King James Version)
And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.
 


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M. 2256. B.C. 1748. mandrakes.
The mandrake may be the Hebrew {dudaim:} it is so rendered by all the ancient versions, and is a species of melon, of an agreeable odour. Hasselquist, speaking of Nazareth in Galilee, says, "What I found most remarkable at this village was the great number of mandrakes which grew in a vale below it. I had not the pleasure of seeing this plant in blossom, the fruit now (May 5th, O
S.) hanging ripe on the stem, which lay withered on the ground. From the season in which this mandrake blossoms and ripens fruit, one might form a conjecture that it was Rachel's {dudaim.} These were brought her in the wheat harvest, which in Galilee is in the month of May, about this time, and the mandrake was now in fruit." The Abbee Mariti describes it as growing "low like a lettuce, to which its leaves have a great resemblance, except that they have a dark green colour. The flowers are purple, and the root is for the most part forked. The fruit, when ripe in the beginning of May, is of the size and colour of a small apple, exceedingly ruddy, and of a most agreeable odour. Our guide thought us fools for suspecting it to be unwholesome."
Solomon 7:13

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