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{Genesis 30:14} And Reuben 7205 went x1980 in y3212 z8799 the days 3117 of wheat 2406 harvest, 7105 and found 4672 z8799 mandrakes 1736 in the field, 7704 and brought 935 z8686 them unto x413 his mother 517 Leah. 3812 Then Rachel 7354 said 559 z8799 to x413 Leah, 3812 Give x5414 me, y5414 z8798 I pray thee, x4994 of thy son's 1121 mandrakes. 1736 x4480
am 2256, bc 1748
The mandrake may be the Hebrew dudaim. It is so rendered by all the ancient versions, and is a species of melon, of an agreeable odour. Hasselquist, speaking of Nazareth in Galilee, says, "What I found most remarkable at this village was the great number of mandrakes which grew in a vale below it. I had not the pleasure of seeing this plant in blossom, the fruit now (May 5th, O. S.) hanging ripe on the stem, which lay withered on the ground. From the season in which this mandrake blossoms and ripens fruit, one might form a conjecture that it was Rachel's dudaim. These were brought her in the wheat harvest, which in Galilee is in the month of May, about this time, and the mandrake was now in fruit." The Abbee Mariti describes it as growing "low like a lettuce, to which its leaves have a great resemblance, except that they have a dark green colour. The flowers are purple, and the root is for the most part forked. The fruit, when ripe in the beginning of May, is of the size and colour of a small apple, exceedingly ruddy, and of a most agreeable odour. Our guide thought us fools for suspecting it to be unwholesome." "The mandrakesª giveª° a smell,ª and at¹ our gatesª [are] all manner¹ of pleasantª [fruits], newª and¹ old,ª [which] I have laid upª° for thee, O my beloved.ª" {Sgs 7:13}
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"And Esauª saidª° to¹ Jacob,ª Feedª° me, I pray thee,¹ withª that same²¹ redª [pottage]; for¹ I¹ [am] faint:ª therefore¹¹ was his nameª calledª° Edom.ª" {Gen 25:30}

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