CYPRESS (תִּרְזָה, H9560, ilex, holm oak). The word “cypress” is mentioned only in
Dr. Balfour in “The” says: “This is supposed by many to mean the evergreen oak, Quercus ilex—the wood of which was constantly employed...in making images.” The ASV calls this the holm wood—now known as holly or ilex.
Yet there were Cypress forests (Cupressus sempervirens) in ancient Pal., whose wood was used for coffins. Recently, cypress wood coffins have been found in Egypt, containing mummies. This proves the long-lasting properties of this timber.
Moffatt renders algum trees as cypress in
Those, like the ASV and the Douay, who tr. the word tirzah as “holm tree” are mistaken as the Ilex aquifolium (holly) does not grow in the area concerned.
Moffatt considers that the “gopher wood” (
The tree in the U.S.A., referred to as “gopher wood” or “yellow wood” is the Cladrastis tinctoria. This is not known in Pal.