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Healing plants of the Bible : history, lore & meditations
Krymow, Vincenzina.
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[Cincinnati, Ohio] : St. Anthony Messenger Press, [2002]

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232 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Land of the Bible -- Ancient medicine and healing -- Healing plants and their histories -- Scripture gardens -- Appendix: More healing plants.
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BS665 .K79 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these..." (Matthew 6:28-29).

This unique and beautiful book offers information about the healing plants mentioned in hundreds of Bible verses, their scriptural context, their use in biblical times, present-day uses and their role in healing body, mind and soul.

Healing Plants of the Bible: History, Lore and Meditations invites readers to consider not only the lilies of the field, but dozens of other flowers, herbs, trees and plants mentioned in the Bible. With lavish illustrations and exhaustive research, this volume details 38 of the plants most often appearing in Scripture, the lore behind their medicinal properties and meditations that focus on their ability to heal the spirit. An appendix offers scriptural and medicinal information on 40 additional plants.

Author Notes

VINCENZINA KRYMOW wrote the award-winning Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations (St. Anthony Messenger Press and Novalis). Her research for Healing Plants of the Bible took her to Scripture gardens throughout the world. Her work appears in regional journals and on the Mary's Gardens home page and the Marian Library Mary Page. Her spirituality was nurtured by her mother and her love of gardening by her father. She lives in Centerville, Ohio, with her husband, Jo. A. JOSEPH BARRISH , S.M. , is an artist, designer and liturgical design consultant in Dayton, Ohio. Using the graphic technique of serigraph, he hand-colored each print in this book, a practice common in hand-printed woodcuts in medieval and Renaissance Europe. He illustrated Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations . SISTER M. JEAN FRISK , Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, has a master's degree in theology with a Marian concentration and a Licentiate in sacred theology. She has spent many years in education and twelve years in retreat and pilgrimage work in Europe. She is on the staff of the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute and the University of Dayton and edits their Mary Page. She wrote the meditations for Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations .

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Vincenzina Krymow, author of Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations, extends his interest in the spiritual significance of flora in his new book, Healing Plants of the Bible: History, Lore, and Meditations. The Old and New Testaments mention more than 125 different plants, and Krymow attempts to group them into categories, explaining their history, associations and healing powers. This is a simple and informative book, offering little-known facts. Cumin and anise, for example, were "tithing herbs" in ancient Israel, and there are actually several different plants that can be called "balm of Gilead." (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved