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Fascinating Nugget from Scripture

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I love Bible study for many fulfilling reasons. We can find enough interesting tidbits of information to keep us busy for a lifetime. This week I found one that I wanted to share with you.

“So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you'” (Luke 17:6, NKJV).

A.T. Robertson points out that there are two mulberry trees in the New Testament:

“At the present time both the black mulberry (sycamine) and the white mulberry (sycamore) exist in Palestine.”

Luke is the only writer to mention both trees: Sycamine (Luke 17:6) and Sycamore (Luke 19:4).

Robertson continues:

“The distinction is not observed in the Septuagint [the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament], but it is observed in the late Greek medical writers for both trees have medicinal properties. Hence it may be assumed that Luke, as a physician, makes the distinction.”

I find that to be awesome. What about you?

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2 thoughts on “Fascinating Nugget from Scripture

  1. Using this in our bulletin for next week.

  2. Thank you, Eugene. I’m honored.

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