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palm tree

palm tree in the Bible

(Heb. tamar), the date-palm characteristic of Palestine. It is described as "flourishing" (Ps. 92:12), tall (Cant. 7:7), "upright" (Jer. 10:5). Its branches are a symbol of victory (Rev. 7:9). "Rising with slender stem 40 or 50, at times even 80, feet aloft, its only branches, the feathery, snow-like, pale-green fronds from 6 to 12 feet long, bending from its top, the palm attracts the eye wherever it is seen." The whole land of Palestine was called by the Greeks and Romans Phoenicia, i.e., "the land of palms." Tadmor in the desert was called by the Greeks and Romans Palmyra, i.e., "the city of palms." The finest specimens of this tree grew at Jericho (Deut. 34:3) and Engedi and along the banks of the Jordan. Branches of the palm tree were carried at the feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:40). At our Lord's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem the crowds took palm branches, and went forth to meet him, crying, "Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord" (Matt. 21:8; John 12:13). (See DATE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • Solomon says to his espoused, how fair and how pleasant art thou, O Love, for delights: thy stature is like a palm tree.

  • I feel as if I never wanted to see a palm tree again as long as I live.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Found that bird Rhamda under a palm tree watching the Holcomb bungalow.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • “Might as well shoot at the shadow of that palm tree,” the one who had shot said.

    Anting-Anting Stories Sargent Kayme
  • The houses are all constructed of adobs, plastered white, and thatched with the leaves of the palm tree.

  • Every man sits under his own palm tree, and famine is unknown.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Now, if we are to flourish like the palm tree, then we shall flourish with victory.

    The Palm Tree Blessing W. E. Shepard
  • He slammed a Ford-Studebaker into a palm tree at ninety miles an hour.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The bark of the palm tree is the abiding place of a large worm, which is sought for, roasted, and devoured as a delicacy.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • Costs the life of a palm tree 12 to 20 years old—for it is the pith.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

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