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Galbanum

Used in : Temple Incense

"And the Lord said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each there shall be a like weight" Exodus 30:34.

Galbanum is a gum resin, one of the constituents of the sacred incense that has its source in Persia. It is used in medicine as an antispasmodic. It is further recognized for its antiseptic and body-supporting properties. It is a greasy, sticky, granulated resin. It appears to be whitish at first, but afterward changes to yellow. It has a pungent odor and taste. When galbanum is mixed with fragrant substances, it has the effect of increasing the odor and fixing it longer. In modern days the gum is employed mainly in perfumery and a little in jewelry (to make special colorless glue for fixing precious stones).

Botanists have written that galbanum's odor is strongly balsamic, pungent, and disagreeable when burned. There is an interesting suggestion in the Talmud as to why this powerful, less-than fragrant, resin was used in the holy incense namely that "Every communal fast that does not include sinners of Israel is not a fast." This has been linked to the fact that the holy incense included spices or perfumes with lovely fragrances, but was not complete without one spice, Galbanum, with its earthy odor.

Interestingly, galbanum stems from the root word “cheleb” (from an unused root) meaning to be fat; fat, whether literally or figuratively; hence, the richest or choice part.

One is reminded by this fragrance not to selfishly disregard or exclude that which is disagreeable to us, for it is esteemed by God.

The apostle Paul instructs us about the function and composition of the body of Messiah in 1 Cor 12:22-26 and specifically addresses the issue of members that are less honorable. “…On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those {members} of the body, which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our unseemly {members come to} have more abundant seemliness, whereas our seemly {members} have no need {of it.} But God has {so} composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that {member} which lacked, that there should be no division in the body, but {that} the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if {one} member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”

James 2:1 “My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with {an attitude of} personal favoritism.”

Deut 10:17 "For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality, nor take a bribe.”

Prov 24:23 “These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good.”

Rom 2:11 “For there is no partiality with God.”

1 Tim 5:21 “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of {His} chosen angels, to maintain these {principles} without bias, doing nothing in a {spirit of} partiality.”

James 2:9 “But if you show partiality, you are committing sin {and} are convicted by the law as transgressors.”

There is an interesting suggestion in the Talmud as to why this powerful, less-than fragrant, resin was used in the holy incense: "Every communal fast that does not include sinners of Israel is not a fast."
This has been linked to the fact that incense included spices or perfumes with lovely fragrances, but was not complete without one spice, Galbanum, with its earthy odor.

Price: 15ml (1/2oz) - NIS 30.00