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Spice

The Heb. word reqəḥ seems to refer to a mixture of compounded spices seen in Song of Solomon 8:2, “I would give you spiced wine to drink” while rākal has reference to a spice merchant in 1 Kings 10:15, and rarqah of Ezekiel 24:10 refers to compounding spice for flavoring meat dishes. The perfumed spices were used originally almost entirely at worship services. Long before Abraham’s time, the Egyptians used scented spices. During excavations, these have been found in special containers. The priestly right of using scented spices was confirmed by Moses (Exod 30). The chief spices used were myrrh, cinnamon, calamus and cassia, and these powdered spices when mixed together were stirred into pure olive oil to make what the Bible calls a holy ointment. It would seem that about fifty pounds of scented, powdered spices were stirred into one and one-half gallons of pure olive oil. Exodus 30 should be read in detail to note the instructions that the spices should be prepared by an apothec