broom tree

broom tree

A species of plant generally agreed to be Retama raetam, a shrublike growth usually 4 to 12 feet high, with deep roots suitable for the desert terrain it occupies. It flowers in the spring with small white blooms on twigs with small leaves. A broom tree provided Elijah shade (1Kgs 19:4-5); its roots gave warmth for Job’s “friends” (Job 30:4). Its power to burn to coals is cited, perhaps figuratively, in (Ps 120:4).

1Kgs 19:4-5

4But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O L ... View more

Job 30:4

4they pick mallow and the leaves of bushes,
and to warm themselves the roots of broom.

Ps 120:4

4A warrior's sharp arrows,
with glowing coals of the broom tree!

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