Pomegranates in stone


The Pomegranate (here not yet ripe) is a fruit containing many seeds and a dark, staining juice. It’s not as easy to eat as an apple or a plum. But it has been eaten from ancient times. The pomegranage also served as an inspiration for artists. For example, the priestly robe was decorated with pomegranates:

Make pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet yarn around the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them. (Exodus 28:33.

And about the bronze pillars of Solomon’s temple we read:

On the capitals of both pillars were the two hundred pomegranates all around. He erected the pillars at the portico of the temple. (1 Kings 7:20-21).


Not just in grand buildings or an expensive robes, but also in small works of art the form of the pomegranate was copied. In the last few seasons at Tell Halif we dug up two miniature pomegranates made out of stone. The picture shows the first one we found. On this tell these finds carry even more significance. For scholars believe that this was the ancient site of Rimmon, also the Hebrew word for pomegranate. It is also referred to as En-Rimmon in the Bible – Spring of the Pomegranate. Did these small pieces of stone reflect the town’s symbol?

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