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Lily

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Kirsi Valkama

Two Hebrew words have been translated as “lily” in several Bible translations: šôšan and ḥăbaṣṣelet. Identifying flowers in biblical text is difficult and it is not clear whether flowers that resembled each other were distinguished from each other by different names.…

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