Blossom (usually נֵוֹ, nets), the flower of a tree (Ge 40:10). The almond rod of Aaron, which, by the miraculous power of God, was made to bud and blossom and bring forth almonds (Nu 17:8), was, in the opinion of some commentators, a very suitable emblem of Him who first arose from the grave; and as the light and warmth of the vernal sun seems first to affect this symbolical tree (Jer 1:11), it was with great propriety that the bowls of the golden candlestick were shaped like almonds. Most commentators think that the rod of Aaron continued to retain its leaves and fruit after it was laid up in the tabernacle; and some writers are of opinion that the idea of the Ithyrsus, or rod encircled with vine branches, which Ecchus was represented to bear in his hand, was borrowed from some tradition concerning Aaron's rod that blossomed. SEE AARON; SEE ROD.

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