The most commonly used seasoning in antiquity (Job 6:6). Its preservative powers made it a necessity and a synonym for life-giving forces. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls the people who listen to him the “salt of the earth” (Matt 5:13). In Israelite worship, salt was used to season incense (Exod 30:35) and all offerings had to be seasoned with salt (Lev 2:13; Ezek 43:24). A related usage finds salt symbolizing the making of a covenant (Num 18:19; 2Chr 13:5). Ironically, salt also became associated with the destruction of life, a land gone to waste (Deut 29:23; Job 39:6; Ps 107:34; Jer 17:6; Zeph 2:9). In a common practice of conquest, Abimelech “razed the city and sowed it with salt” (Judg 9:45). Lot’s wife was turned into a “pillar” of salt (Gen 19:26). Numerous references to the “Salt Sea” (Josh 15:5; Deut 3:17) and the Valley of Salt (2Kgs 14:7; 2Chr 25:11) clearly identify the Dead Sea area as the place where supplies of salt were procured. Salt could either be mined in the rock formations along the Dead Sea or obtained by letting water evaporate from pans. Once the salt was removed from sediment, it was rinsed, purified, and crushed until fine.
6Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,
or is there any flavor in the juice of mallows?
Salt and Light
13“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is th ... View more
35and make an incense blended as by the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy;
13You shall not omit from your grain offerings the salt of the covenant with your God; with all your offerings you shall offer salt.
24You shall present them before the Lord, and the priests shall throw salt on them and offer them up as a burnt offering to the Lord.
19All the holy offerings that the Israelites present to the Lord I have given to you, together with your sons and daughters, as a perpetual due; it is a covenan ... View more
5Do you not know that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingship over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt?
23all its soil burned out by sulfur and salt, nothing planted, nothing sprouting, unable to support any vegetation, like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, ... View more
6to which I have given the steppe for its home,
the salt land for its dwelling place?
34a fruitful land into a salty waste,
because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.
6They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt ... View more
9Therefore, as I live, says the Lord of hosts,
the God of Israel,
Moab shall become like Sodom
and the Ammonites like Gomorrah,
a land possessed by nettles and ... View more
45Abimelech fought against the city all that day; he took the city, and killed the people that were in it; and he razed the city and sowed it with salt.
26But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
5And the east boundary is the Dead Sea, to the mouth of the Jordan. And the boundary on the north side runs from the bay of the sea at the mouth of the Jordan;
17the Arabah also, with the Jordan and its banks, from Chinnereth down to the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, with the lower slopes of Pisgah on the east.
7He killed ten thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt and took Sela by storm; he called it Jokthe-el, which is its name to this day.
11Amaziah took courage, and led out his people; he went to the Valley of Salt, and struck down ten thousand men of Seir.