A tall, slender tree whose leaves fan out at the top like a plume. The palm is especially hardy in arid environments, bearing fruit for many years (Ps 92:12-14). Palms are therefore especially characteristic of water sources and oases, thus the reference to them at the springs of Elim (Num 33:9) and at Jericho, the oasis city of palms (Deut 34:3). Many parts of the tree were used. They produce dates, which were consumed as a sweet fruit. A fermented drink was made from the tree’s sap. Its leaves were used as roofing for houses and for weaving mats and baskets. According to the Gospels, these leaves were gathered and displayed as a symbol of joy and celebration on the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem (John 12:13). The upright and stately form of the palm suggests justice and nobility. The attractive array of leaves provided a decorative motif in Solomon’s Temple (1Kgs 6:29; 1Kgs 6:32). The Hebrew word for a palm tree, tamar, is used as a proper name in the Bible. As a place-name, Tamar is referred to in (Ezek 47:18-19 and Ezek 48:28). Absalom’s sister (2Sam 13:1) and daughter (2Sam 14:27) were both named Tamar.

Ps 92:12-14

12The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.13They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our Go ... View more

Num 33:9

9They set out from Marah and came to Elim; at Elim there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they camped there.

Deut 34:3

3the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar.

John 12:13

13So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—
the King of Israel!”

1Kgs 6:29

29He carved the walls of the house all around about with carved engravings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms.

1Kgs 6:32

32He covered the two doors of olivewood with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers; he overlaid them with gold, and spread gold on the cherubim and ... View more

Ezek 47:18-19

18On the east side, between Hauran and Damascus; along the Jordan between Gilead and the land of Israel; to the eastern sea and as far as Tamar. This shall be t ... View more

Ezek 48:28

28And adjoining the territory of Gad to the south, the boundary shall run from Tamar to the waters of Meribath-kadesh, from there along the Wadi of Egypt to the ... View more

2Sam 13:1

Amnon and Tamar
1Some time passed. David's son Absalom had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar; and David's son Amnon fell in love with her.

2Sam 14:27

27There were born to Absalom three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar; she was a beautiful woman.

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