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Herbs of the Bible 2000 Years of Plant Medicine Hardcover – August 1, 2007

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One of the world's most recognized authorities on botanical medicine, James A. Duke, Ph.D., was born in Birmingham, ALabama, April 4, 1929. Dr. Duke is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he completed his AB (1952), MA (1955),and Ph.D. (Botany, 1961). For nearly thirty years, he worked for the United States Department of Agriculture as a specialist in medicinal plants. He did post doctoral work at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and many years of ethnobotanical study and work in South America and Southeast Asia. He served as chief of the USDA Medicinal Plant Laboratory, seeking botanical cancer-fighting compounds, and is the author of The Green Pharmacy and co-author of The Amazonian Ethnobotanical Dictionary.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Wendell Whitman Co; 2nd edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885653166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885653161
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Walters on April 2, 2013
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If you want to know how to use henna as a fungicide for finger and toe nails, or what chicory is used for in Central America, this is the book for you. There is much extraneous information on herbs in other cultures, and some common Biblical herbs were not referenced at all. As a Biblical gardener and herb-lover, I was underwhelmed. It's a pretty book with a lot of white space on the pages, but if you want the scholarship in a Biblical context, go to Michael Zohary's Plants of the Bible.
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James Duke, a medicinal plant specialist, describes close to 60 plants used in Biblical times. Not all the plants he mentions are herbs, as the title of the book may suggest. He includes nuts, fruits, legumes, and spices.

In his introduction, he explains which plant names are used in the Bible, why the Bible does not go into detail about their medicinal values, and how translation errors have lead to misinterpretations of Bible passages.

The major portion of the book is dedicated to the plants themselves. Duke explains their possible benefits and their use in medicine and cooking. He offers folklore, and for some plants even recipes, such as a skin softener made with almond oil, a dandruff shampoo with olive oil, or a wart removal remedy with figs. It's not a book for herbal self-medication, but an herbal encyclopedia on a small scale. I really enjoyed it.
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This is one of the best books about Herbs that are mentioned more than 137 times in the Bible. The book is easy to read and has lovely illustrations throughout. The detailed descriptions and uses of herbs are entertaining as well as educational.
The reader can enjoy learning about past and present uses of some of these familiar herbs and plants.
Mr. Duke should be commended for his accuracy and yet delightful knowledge about herbs.
I take his book to show during my speeches about herbs mentioned in the Bible and have yet to meet anyone who doesn't appreciate his book. Even people who aren't interested in using herbs can learn how the chemical components of certain herbs have been the basis of our modern day medicines.
I always recommend that this book should be an essential part of anyone's garden library.
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Little to add to the other 5+ recommendations.
James Duke does not need recommendations.
This is just to state that the book had wonderful pearls and is very friendly written and is very easy to search.
The title is clear.
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I refer to this book often to show other Christians how God did provide for us medicinally. It has opened many eyes to natural medicine, who thought alternative was too "hippy" sounding. God bless you, Dr Duke.
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I was fortunate enough to be able to read this book before it went to press, as I was asked to give a quote for the back of the book. It is thorough, well researched, and is a valuable resource for scholars, healers, herbalists, historians, spiritual healers, students - well, for everyone! Herbs that were mentioned in the Bible are explained and includes a look at how they are still used today. Anyone familiar with Dr. Duke's work will want this on their library shelf!
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