Religion: Biblical Botany

> Adam & Eve fell, not through eating an apple, but an apricot.

> The "rose" of the Bible is perhaps an oleander, perhaps a narcissus, certainly not a rose.

> Lilies as we know them today are not native to the Holy Land. The lily of the Old Testament is usually the lotus or iris; the "lilies of the field" which outshone Solomon are anemones.

> The locusts John the Baptist ate are not bugs, but the flat seed pods of the carob tree—which are also the husks fed to the swine and the Prodigal Son. They can now be bought in the...

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