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Matthew 23:23 Anise or dill?

Discussion in 'Bible Versions & Translations' started by Logos1560, Apr 27, 2006.

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  1. Logos1560

    Logos1560 Active Member
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    Some Oxford editions of the KJV printed in 1810, 1835, and 1857 have the following marginal note at Matthew 23:23 that likely came from the 1769 Oxford Bible edited by Benjamin Blayney:
    "Greek 'anethon' dill."

    D. A. Waite's DEFINED KJB has the following definition or note for anise: "plant used for spice and medicine: dill" (p. 1294).

    Harold Moldenke claimed: "It is very certain that the plant to which the Greek word 'anethon' here refers in not anise, but dill" (PLANTS OF THE BIBLE, p. 46).

    UNGER'S BIBLE DICTIONARY claimed that "the Greek 'anethon' is the exact equivalent of the Latin 'anethus,' which is the dill, and not the anise" (p. 1133).

    Which is the better or more accurate rendering at Matthew 23:23: anise or dill?
  2. Pastor_Bob

    Pastor_Bob Well-Known Member

    Jul 15, 2002
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    Dill, common name for an annual or biennial herb of the parsley family. It grows wild in grainfields of southern Europe, the British Isles, and the United States and is also cultivated as an herb. Dill has a strong, aromatic taste; its leaves are used for flavoring pickles and sauces.

    Scientific classification: Dill belongs to the family Apiaceae. It is classified as Anethum graveolens.

    Anise, an annual, aromatic Mediterranean herb (Pimpinella anisum) in the parsley family, cultivated for its seedlike fruits and the oil obtained from them and used to flavor foods, liqueurs, and candies.

    Scientific classification: Anise belongs to the family Apiaceae. It is classified as Pimpinella anisum.

    The two are very closely related. From the Greek word anethon and the scientific classification of dill (anethum), I would conclude that, although both are acceptable, dill would be more accurate.
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