Common Names Cilician

Berosh (Eng.; BIB); Cilician Fir (Eng.; USN); Cilicische Tanne (Ger.; USN); Nscn.

Activities (Cilician Fir):

Antiseptic (1; X11962214); Bactericide (1; X10548751); Vulnerary (f1; BIB; X10548751). Indications (Cilician Fir):

Bacillus (1; X10548751); Bacteria (1; X10548751); Cough (f1; BIB; X10548751); Enterobacter (1; X10548751); Escherichia (1; X10548751); Infection (1; X11962214); Klebsiella (1; X10548751); Listeria (1; X10548751); Mycobacterium (1; X10548751); Proteus (1; X10548751); Pseudomonas (1; X10548751); Staphylococcus (1; X10548751); Wound (f1; BIB; X10548751).

Dosages (Cilician Fir):

• Algerians are said to sprinkle powdered leaves in butter as a vulnerary (BIB).

• Lebanese use the resin or leaf/twig decoction in cough syrups and wound salves (BIB).

Indian gum arabic tree (acacia nilotica (l.) willd. ex delile) ++ fabaceae


Acacia arabica (Lam.) Willd.; Acacia vera Willd.; Mimosa arabica Lam.; Mimosa nilotica L. Notes (Indian Gum Arabic Tree):

And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, yet it was not consumed.

And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.

Then Jehovah's angel appeared to him in a flame of fire in the midst of a thornbush. As he kept looking; why, here the thornbush was burning with the fire, and the thornbush was not consumed.

In my first Bible book, I side with the Moldenkes, who concluded that the burning bush was an Acacia. But the NWT renders it thornbush. Zohary (1982) argues convincingly that the plant called sneh should be translated Senna, not Acacia nilotica as Moldenke and Tristam concluded, or Rubus as other scholars had concluded. Why? Because Acacia nilotica and Rubus do not occur on the Sinai. He concludes that "the most plausible explanation for sneh is Cassia senna named sene in all Arabic-speaking countries." The taxonomic name has changed to Senna alexandrina, but sene persists in most Arabic quarters. However, I still include the Acacia. If the burning bush was thorny, as inferred only in the NWT above, then it cannot be Cassia senna.

At the crossroads of the African, Asian, and European continents, the Holy Land serves as the bridge from Africa through Egypt, to Asia and Europe. Thus, the medicinal wisdom of the early Arabs, Copts, Hebrews, and Moslems assume great importance because of their empirical antiquity. The scriptures tell us that Abraham's grandson Jacob immigrated into Egypt when he learned that his long-lost son Joseph was prospering there. And that led to what I will call the Jacobian exchange (introduction of middle-eastern species to Egypt), almost two millennia before the Colombian exchange (mixing the flora of the old and new worlds). Jacob's stay was said to be a 400-year odyssey, so he took with him saplings of certain Acacias not native to Egypt. The upright frames of the tabernacles were to be built of Acacias (BI2). Which Acacia can be argued for eons. Thus, man has been moving species around for millennia, sometimes obscuring their true nativity. Some scholars equate this Acacia with the thornbush of Exodus, equating the fire with the parasite Loranthus acaciae. Roasted seed kernels provide a dye for black strings worn by Nankani women.

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