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Honey in the Bible

In the Bible, the word Honey, from the original Hebrew word D'vash, refers to a thick, sweet syrup produced from dates.

The apiculture or beekeeping wasn't known in the ancient Palestine of biblical times.

The few mentions in the Bible to bees' honey are about the wild variety that could be rarely found in trees and animal carcasses. For example, the honey that Samson found in the carcass of the lion was an extraordinary event described in the book of Judges 14:8.
This was a very uncommon  finding , but in the Bible, most of the references to honey are about a sweet syrup made of dates.

I found this explanation studying the sacrifices and offerings described at the book of Leviticus and the Hebrew word D'vash (דבש) in my Hebrew lessons.

Know your Bible!

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