Olive oil was a significant part of the daily lives of the Israelites in the first century. It was eaten in or with other food, used for skin care, used to fuel lamps, taken as medicine, and widely used in trade. It may also have been used as a lubricant, to keep leather soft, and to protect people from the sun. It was one of God’s three blessings of the land (Deut. 6:11). It was mixed with the morning burnt offerings. It symbolized honor, joy, favor, and love. It also was a symbol of God’s Spirit.


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