Bdellium

Bdellium [N] [S]

occurs only in Genesis 2:12 , where it designates a product of the land of Havilah; and in Numbers 11:7 , where the manna is likened to it in colour. It was probably an aromatic gum like balsam which exuded from a particular tree (Borassus flabelliformis) still found in Arabia, Media, and India. It bears a resemblance in colour to myrrh. Others think the word denotes "pearls," or some precious stone.

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
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Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Bdellium". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Bdellium [N] [E]

(bedolach ). ( Genesis 2:12 ; Numbers 11:7 ) It is quite impossible to say whether bedolach denotes a mineral or an animal production or a vegetable exudation. Bdellium is an odoriferous exudation from a tree which is perhaps the Borassus flabelliformis , Lin., of Arabia Felix.


[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Bdellium'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

BDELLIUM

del'-i-um (bedholach):

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 bedholach 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.

James Orr


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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'BDELLIUM'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.