James Duke is to herbal medicine
and ethnobotany what herbs are to the Bible; an intrinsic force.
This book is the coffee table book of the Biblical Herb Books.
Dr. Duke weaves history and folklore together with scientific
research on over 50 herbs recorded in the Bible. In addition,
Peggy Kessler Duke, his wife of nearly four decades, has added
her artistic rendition of many of the plants.
Dr. Duke has traveled more than
once to the Holy Land with his own unique eye on the plants he
loves, herbs. His folklore on each herb points to the places he
has been and the people and plants he has studied. For instance,
he tells us of Chicory, a bitter herb of the Bible, that in Iran
it is used as a cooling medicine in attacks of excess bile. And,
of raw Bay Laurel berries that the Lebanese mountain people used
these berries mashed with flour as a poultice for dislocated
All the herbs are given a bible
reference and thorough explanation of their Biblical connection.
It is the history that ties us to the plants. As the subtitle of
this book points out, it has been 2000 years of Herbal
It is evident that Dr. Duke has devoted his
life to herbs and their medicinal use. His witty writing style
only enhances his great knowledge. You can visit his page on Biblical Botany to get a teaser on his
outlook about herbs in the Bible.