Fruits of the BiblesJules JanickDepartment of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, 625 Agriculture Mall Drive, Purdue University,West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010Additional index words.almond, date, fig, grape, olive, pomegranateAbstract. The sacred writings of three religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are contained in the Hebrew Bible(referred to by Christians as the Old Testament), the Christian Bible (New Testament), and the Qur’an (Koran). Thesewritings encompass events occurring over a period of more than two millennia and taken together represent a broad pictureof mideastern peoples, describing their interactions with the sweep of events of that era. The writings include the sacred andprofane, prose and poetry, history and myth, legend and fable, love songs and proverbs, parables and revelations. The basicagricultural roots of desert people are infused in the texts. Plants, plant products, and agricultural technology are referredto in hundreds of verses. References to fruits are abundant so that these bibles can be read almost as a pomological text inaddition to the religious and sacred meanings that still inspire billions of people.
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