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Oil Tree

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KJV translation of the Hebrew phrase “tree of oil” (Isaiah 41:19 ). Other translation include olive (NAS, NIV, NRSV, TEV), oleaster (NAS margin), and wild olive (REB). The same Hebrew phrase is rendered “olivewood” at 1Kings 6:23,1 Kings 6:31-33 and “wild olive” at Nehemiah 8:15 . The latter text distinguishes the “oil tree” from the olive. Some interpreters suggest pine or cypress as the material of the carved cherubim in 1Kings.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Oil Tree'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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