Bedellium (Hebrew bedolach) was probably an aromatic gum like balsam that was exuded from a tree, probably one of several species in the genus Commiphora. Bdellium was an adulterant of the costly myrrh and remains a binder in perfumes. The Modern Hebrew language is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family. ... Balsam (pronounced balm) is a term used for various pleasantly scented plant products. ... Myrrh is a red-brown resinous material, the dried sap of the Commiphora myrrha tree, indigenous to Somalia. ...
The word occurs only twice in the Hebrew Bible: in Genesis 2:12-13, it is a product of the land of Havilah: 11th century manuscript of the Hebrew Bible with Targum Hebrew Bible refers to the common portions of the Jewish and Christian canons. ...
And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
The context has led some readers to link bedolach with pearls or other precious stones. Bdellium is mentioned again, as something familiar, in Numbers 11:7, where the manna is compared to it in color. This article is about the mineral. ... Manna (sometimes or archaically spelled mana) is the name of the food miraculously produced for the Israelites in the desert in the book of Exodus. ...
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