Herbs: Mandrakes
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Genesis 30:14
And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray you, of your son's mandrakes.
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Songs 7:13
The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.
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The Nature of Spiritual Hunger
... There is a twofold sauce provokes holy appetite: first, the bitter herbs' of
repentance. ... Reuben found mandrakes in the field' (Genesis 30:14). ...
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Letter xxii. To Eustochium.
... the sons of the prophets to dinner, he only gave them field-herbs to eat ... age married
Keturah; [487] that Leah hired Jacob with her son's mandrakes, [488] and ...
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