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BROOM

broom: Occurs in 1 Ki 19:4 m ("broomtree"); Job 30:4, and Ps 120:4 m as the translation of the Hebrew rothem, where the King James Version employed "juniper" which is retained in the Revised Version (British and American) text in 1 Ki 19:4 and Job 30:4. Juniper is certainly incorrect and broom is not a particularly happy rendering. The rothem was doubtless the shrub called by the Arabs ratam, a shrub which casts so little shadow that it would be used for shade only when there was no other refuge from the desert sun, and would be eaten only in case of the direst necessity, but which could be burned and used for the making of charcoal.
See JUNIPER.
David Foster Estes
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'BROOM'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; 1915.

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