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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Aspa´lathus, a name which occurs only in the Apocrypha (Sirach 24:15), where the substance which it indicates is enumerated with the other spices and perfumes to which wisdom is compared. Though this drug is not mentioned in the canonical Scriptures, it is probable that it may have been one of the substances comprehended under the general name of spices. It was no doubt one of the substances employed by the ancients as a perfume and incense, as it forms one of the ingredients of the cyphi, or compound incense made use of by the Egyptian priests. The substance which was called aspalathus has not been very clearly ascertained.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Aspalathus'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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