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The Pomegranate of Scripture

Of the five species of plants mentioned in Deuteronomy 8:8, the pomegranate is certainly the most attractive. For this reason, the shrub is planted in many parts of the world as an ornamental. In the southwestern United States rows of pomegranates were planted, along irrigation laterals, as wind breaks at the edge of fields. With many stems arising from the base, the pomegranate grows to a height of about ten feet and has small, dark green leaves. The flowers, produced in the spring of the year, are strikingly beautiful with a bright red-orange color and a delicate bell shape.

The fruits begin to mature in the first half of August. The fruits are large, up to six inches across. The tough, leathery rind is crimson or a similar shade of red. There are many varieties of pomegranate. Some are sweet and eaten as a dessert. Others are very tart and are used either as a substitute for lemon in cooking or to make a refreshing drink. Each fruit contains hundreds of hard, small seeds. Unlike most seeds, which have a seed coat which is hard and durable, the outer seed coat of the pomegranate is fleshy and is the source of the juice which makes the fruit desirable.

For Jews, pomegranates have never gone out of style. We know that Jews have been eating pomegranate from the time that they were slaves in Egypt, because during one of those rough patches that happened while they were wandering in the desert for 40 years, they complained to Moses saying, "Why did you bring us up from Egypt to this evil place? This place has no seeds, or figs or grapes or pomegranates...." Later, when God was enticing the Jews to enter Israel, God promised them a land fecund with "wheat, barley, grapes, figs and pomegranates..." which no doubt appeased the Children of Israel somewhat, seeing as they were hankering for that fruit.

Pomegranates figure prominently in the Bible in a couple of places. The garment of the high priest is one place where pomegranates were festooned. Bells and pomegranates alternate on the skirt of the high priest.

And on the skirts thereof thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and purple, and scarlet, round about the skirts thereof; and bells of gold between them round about.  Exodus 28:33.

Engraved pomegranates decorated the pillars in the First Temple, built by King Solomon. The name of the one pillar was Jachin (He will establish), and the other Boaz (in Him is strength). There were two hundred pomegranates engraved on the capitals of the two pillars, which were at the front of the temple. When taken into captivity, the pomegranates on the pillars are specifically mentioned.

And a chapiter of brass was upon it; and the height of one chapiter was five cubits, with network and pomegranates upon the chapiters round about, all of brass. The second pillar also and the pomegranates were like unto these.  And there were ninety and six pomegranates on a side; and all the pomegranates upon the network were an hundred round about.  Jeremiah 52: 22-23

In fact, a thimble-sized, ivory pomegranate bearing an ancient Hebrew inscription is the only relic ever recovered from the Solomon's Temple.

Artist's Concept of Bronze pillars Joachim and Boaz at the entrance to the Temple of Solomon the First Temple of the Hebrews in Israel.

Pomegranate Border for top of Capitols

Curiously, the first King of Israel, Saul spent some time under a pomegranate tree.

And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people that were with him were about six hundred men;  I Samuel 14:2

Saul under the pomegranate bush at Gibeah must have been a curious sight. He was a very tall man, "head and shoulders" above other men, yet was holding court under a big bush. Rather than a conspicuous tree, like the palm of Deborah, he chooses one of the shortest of trees.

There are several references in the Song of Solomon to pomegranates, which is not surprising considering the symmetry and beauty of the fruit. In The image of the beautiful flowers and fruits are alluded to in the following references: (Song of Solomon 4:3, 6:7, 4:13, 6:11, 7:12).

As with the other trees of the Holy Land, failure of the pomegranate crop is a manifest sign of God's judgment.

The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.  Joel 1:2

This fact is of special note, as the pomegranate requires considerably less care than most of the other Bible fruits.

It is also one of the oldest fruits known to man.  Some people argue that the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge plucked by Eve was not an apple at all but a pomegranate, and Greek myth attributes the cycle of the seasons to the goddess Persephone's weakness for pomegranates. The fruit also figures heavily in ancient Egyptian art and to this day plays an important role in the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Each pomegranate is said to contain 613 seeds, the very same number of commandments in the Law or Torah.

Is it coincidence that the number of seeds in the pomegranate is the same as the number of commandments in the law?  Is there significance that the pomegranate is seen on the priestly garments and on the pillars of the temple in ancient Israel?  Was there more going on, other than a comical sight, in seeing King Saul under a pomegranate tree?  To what does the metaphor of the pomegranate in the Song of Solomon refer?  Was the fruit on the Tree of Life a pomegranate?  These certainly are some things to meditate on.

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