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Nuts in the Bible

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on February 8, 2009

One rainy Saturday afternoon when I didn’t feel like jumping in the car and running errands or shopping, I decided to stay put and do some nut research. I was curious to see what the Bible had to say about nuts.

The best way to do my investigation was to find a concordance to the Bible, an alphabetical list of words used and the passages that contain them. Before the internet was around, I had to go to the library and find a copy of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.

But that Saturday I sat down in front of my Mac, went to Google, and typed in “bible concordance.” At the top of the list was BibleGateway.com. I clicked on Keyword Search and entered the word “nut,” and what gems I found!

Genesis 43:11
Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.

Song of Solomon 6:11
I went down to the grove of nut trees to look at the new growth in the valley, to see if the vines had budded or the pomegranates were in bloom.
My next step was to learn what individual nuts were mentioned in the Bible. My search only turned up two kinds of nuts—almonds and pistachios. Almonds turned out to be the winner with eight entries while pistachios had only one that it shared with almonds. Since I have already given you the one shared by both almonds and pistachios, I decided to share the other almond passages with you.

Genesis 30:37
Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches.

Exodus 25:33
Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand.

Exodus 25:34
And on the lampstand there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms.

Exodus 37:19
Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms were on one branch, three on the next branch and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand.
Exodus 37:20
And on the lampstand were four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms.

Numbers 17:8
The next day Moses entered the Tent of the Testimony and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.

Ecclesiastes 12:5
And when men are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags himself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then man goes to his eternal home and mourners go about the streets.

Jeremiah 1:11
The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

Some people will read Bible translations where chestnut trees are mentioned in Ezekiel 31:8. Most translations including the New International Version will refer to the trees as ”plane trees.” Because chestnuts were growing in Asia Minor for centuries, I was surprised that chestnut trees were not commonly mentioned in the Bible

Ezekiel 31:8
The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty. King James Bible, Webster’s Bible Translation, and Young’s Literal Translation

What surprised me was that two of the almond statements were repeated in different chapters of Exodus. The bible translation used in the Bible Gateway website was the New International Version.

Oh, and I hope you like the Van Gogh Branches with Almond Blossom 1890 painting above.

5 Responses to “Nuts in the Bible”

  1. Eric said

    Very interesting. More interesting because I became fascinated about the significance of almond in the Bible and then I searched the Internet to find this page!

    I was also looking at Van Gogh’s Almond Blossom painting and wondered if he was inspired by the Bible. I know Van Gogh was a devout Christian. But when I did research on this, none of the sources say that he was inspired by the Bible to draw Almond Blossom. It would be a far better story if this was the case, since he painted it for his new born nephew I think.

    Do you by any chance know? What made you insert that picture? 🙂

    Anyway, good to see that we were doing a similar research.

    • nutgourmet said

      Hi Eric,

      Thank you so much for contributing your comment and for inspiring me to do a little hunting for the answer to your question.

      The website below gives a tidbit of insight into the fact that Van Gogh found inspiration in nature and was spurred on to express nature by painting outdoors surrounded by growing things.

      Apparently, he had been fond of Japanese art for many years and chose the almond blossoms as a symbol of spring and the renewal of life, which represented the birth of his nephew who was named Vincent after him.


      I chose the painting because the almond tree blossoms in the spring. Covered in white flowers, the blooming almond orchards are very beautiful and what could be more appealing than a Van Gogh painting of almond trees in full bloom.

      Thanks again–I hope you’ll drop by for more nutty explorations.


  2. Mel said

    Is gangstalking mentioned in the Bible and that type of bullying? They say Jesus was a victim of gangstalking.

    • Zel Allen's nutgourmet said

      Hi Mel,

      You might pose that interesting question to your clergy person. Like many religious leaders, Jesus no doubt had those who admired and followed him and those who opposed him and caused trouble.


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