THE GOLD OF THAT LAND: Biblical Minerals & Rocks  


9.     bdellium

Hebrew: bedôlach, from a root word meaning divided in pieces. Genesis 2:12, Numbers 11:7.

Probable Identification: the fragrant gum resin extracted from the balsam tree, Commiphora mukul, a shrub or small tree with spiny branches which grows in arid, rocky places from Arabia to India. The yellow resinous gum obtained by incision of the bark substituted for myrrh and is still valued in medicine and spice. The gum is used as an astringent and antiseptic.


Barnett, Richard S., 2002. All Kinds of Scented Woods: Wood and Woodworking in the Bible. Fairfax, VA: Xulon Press.

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