We have long known that almonds were in bloom in the Holy Land when great events were taking place there. (Learn about their Nutritional Benefits here.) The Bible bears this out when we research the life of trees and a look at the science of agriculture.
In the Bible, we find that Moses was chosen to build and furnish a temple. He got some pretty specific instructions. When he started subcontracting, he made it very clear what was expected in every aspect of the job.
Bezaleel was given the assignment of creating the ark, including a candelabrum of pure gold. The language is still here, in Exodus 25:
“Three cups made like almonds, each . . . . And three cups made like almonds . . . itself four cups made like almonds . . . .”
Sounds like Moses wanted ten cups, but the translation is a little murky; cups, or bowls, to hold the lamp oil could hardly be shaped like an actual almond. Instead, it’s likely that the crafts man was expected to shape the cups. To put another way, it is a cup that is engraved with the image of the almond blossom flower. Mentions of nuts in the Bible were not restricted to the what people ate but also nuts used in the arts.
In Numbers, we find a magical transformation. “The rod of Aaron . . . was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms and yielded almonds.” There is other talk of rods . In Jeremiah, “I see a rod of almond.” In Genesis, “. . . Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazelnut and chestnut tree .” It is spelled that way in the Bible, with no middle “t.” Also in Genesis, this reference to a nice sounding combination: “honey, gum, Myhrr, pistachio nuts, and almonds .”
Old Testament Mention Of Nuts in the Bible
In the Song of Solomon, the narrator says, “I went down in to the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded .” When the Bible just says “nuts,” it is probably either walnuts or pistachios.
Finally, this from Ecclesiastes, “The almond tree blossoms, the grass hopper drags.” We are not sure what this translation means. In conclusion, it is a mention of nuts in the Bible that is one of the oldest known.