All Kinds of Scented Wood, excerpts

Trees and Wood in Scripture

Donald Peattie recognized how the variety and abundance of trees in the New World contributed to building the United States. People and trees were likewise partners in the Bible story. We see evidence of this partnership in the fact that the variety of species and the abundance of trees influenced the inhabitants of Bible lands and dictated what they could eat, what they could build, and how they built it. Minerals and other resources also had key roles in the history of the region. The hydrologist Daniel Hillel, for instance, has shown how ancient history and recent events are bound up with the struggle for water. Trees and wood nevertheless enrich the Bible story from beginning to end . . .

Trees as Resources in the Bible

The Genesis record places the creation of plant life early in the history of the Earth. This reflects the early appearance of plant life in the ocean while Earth was very young, close to four billion years ago. The Genesis story also underlines the importance of plant life to all other life. The flowering of land plants made it possible for animals to occupy the land. We depend on plants for the oxygen we breathe and to purify the atmosphere. Plants are our primary source of food and provide raw material for much of our clothing. Fossil fuels and many other mineral resources are either the altered remains of plants or the products of plant activity . . .

Woodworking in the Ancient World

The use of trees as timber for building houses, ships, or furniture followed the emergence of an advanced technology for woodworking. This event must have occurred relatively recently in human history compared to the discovery of fire or the use of twigs and branches for baskets, wattle, spear shafts, or handles for tools. Anthropologist L.S.B. Leakey rated early Paleolithic stone scrapers as ideal for scraping and trimming wood for spearheads and clubs. Later, hollow scrapers served like spokeshaves for shaping the shafts of arrows, bows, or lances . . .

The Son of the Carpenter

Woodworking in our times has become an avocation that millions of us enjoy as a change from our daily work. Winston Churchill used to say that we all need two or three avocations for every vocation we follow. Anyone who deals in abstract affairs that give few tangible measures of accomplishment can agree that it certainly helps to have something to show for a day's work . . .

Trees as Symbols in Scripture

If anyone in the Old Testament ever came close to being a naturalist it was the prophet Isaiah. He gives us the names of more different trees and plants than any other biblical author, not to mention birds and mammals, gems and minerals, or tools and crafts. We can recognize in his writing a direct knowledge of life and work in the countryside of his time, and of wildfires, earthquakes, storms, and drought. Scenes of field and mountain, vineyard and workshop fill his sermons and visions with life and color. There are other reasons, to be sure, why Isaiah was the best-selling author in New Testament times, but direct and indirect quotations of his imagery also sprinkle the New Testament . . .

Includes analyses of: Cedars of Lebanon, Palms, Oaks and Terebinths, Grape Vines, Olive Trees, Fig Trees

Trees as Landmarks in Scripture

Certain trees mentioned in the Bible had active places in the revelation of God's plan and great work of redemption. Whether we can name them or not, they stand as landmarks for our own journey of faith . . .

Landmark Uses of Wood in the Bible

Discusses uses of wood in the following stories: Noah's Ark, Aaron's Rod of Almond, The Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle, Solomon's Temple, The Cross

Glossary of Trees and Woods in the Bible

A complete look at each variety of tree and wood in the Bible, including the botanical name, translations in Hebrew, Egyptian, and Arabic, biblical citations, uses, occurrences, and additional notes

Other Trees and Shrubs of Palestine

An additional listing of trees and shrubs including their biological information and citings in the Bible

Glossary of Woodworking Tools in Biblical Times

A compilation of tools mentioned in the Bible with explanations, uses, and citations for each

The Compleat Joiner

Was The Compleat Angler Izaak Walton's only published work? By no means. The canon of his work includes Love and Truth, five biographies, and numerous elegies, epitaphs, commendatory verses and prefaces, but no sequel to The Compleat Angler. However, that industrious and contemplative man collected materials for another biography and made copious notes for other books. Walton lost most of them in the Great Fire of London, at the age of seventy-seven. Despite his vigor at that age and his need to pay for building a new house, Walton could not reconstruct all of his lost work before his death . . .