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Olive Oil: The Most Biblical of Oils

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King David valued his olive groves and olive oil so much that he posted guards to protect them around the clock.

The most common word for oil in the Bible is the Hebrew word shemen. The short definition is oil and it is used approximately 192 times in the Bible. When the word shemen is used, it is largely referring to olive oil.

Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to keep the lamps burning continually. - Exodus 27:20 (NLT)

Olive Oil is considered holy and adored partly because of the amount of work that goes into harvesting enough olives to create it. Olive oil has been mentioned countless times in the Bible for sacred purposes: Kings of Israel and kings of Judea were anointed with olive oil while being enthroned.

Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it over Saul¹s head. He kissed Saul and said, "I am doing this because the Lord has appointed you to be the ruler over Israel, his special possession." - I Samuel 10:1 (NLT)

Olive oil has been considered one of the best oils since ancient times. We all know and love the amazing taste that olive oil adds to our favorite dishes ... fresh pasta, marinades, salad, dessert, You name it, olive oil makes everything better.

Of course you can experience the taste of olive oil firsthand from your local grocery store, but why not experience more than just taste. Come to Israel and experience the product first hand. Journey to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent the night before his arrest. Of course there are plenty of olive oil tasting tours you can be a part of, but don't just taste it, experience the fullness, the rich history it has to offer. Adventure awaits you...

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