A small tree whose bright red fruit resembles an apple. Its hard shiny rind encloses a pulp of fleshy seeds, the juice of which is especially refreshing (Song 8:2; Deut 8:8). The fruit was a common decorative motif used on the hems of the robes of the Temple priests (Exod 28:33-34) and carved into the timbers and beams of Solomon’s Temple (1Kgs 7:18; 1Kgs 7:20). Extract of the rind was used medicinally and as a red dye as well as in tanning leather. The pomegranate was regarded as a symbol of fertility and eternal life.

Song 8:2

2I would lead you and bring you
into the house of my mother,
and into the chamber of the one who bore me.
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
the juice of my ... View more

Deut 8:8

8a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey,

Exod 28:33-34

33On its lower hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, all around the lower hem, with bells of gold between them all around—34a gold ... View more

1Kgs 7:18

18He made the columns with two rows around each latticework to cover the capitals that were above the pomegranates; he did the same with the other capital.

1Kgs 7:20

20The capitals were on the two pillars and also above the rounded projection that was beside the latticework; there were two hundred pomegranates in rows all ar ... View more

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