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by Wayne Blank
The Lord instructed Moses to use cinnamon as one of the ingredients of the holy anointing oil.
"Moreover The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] spake unto Moses [see also The Education Of Moses], saying, Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels [see Biblical Weights and Measures], and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus [i.e. Sweet Cane; see also Calamus or Cannabis?] two hundred and fifty shekels, And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil."
Cinnamon was one of the substances used to make perfume.
"I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon." (Proverbs 7:17 KJV)
Cinnamon was regarded as among the "chief spices."
"Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with Spikenard, Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of Frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices" (Song of Solomon 4:13-14 KJV)
Fact Finder: What are some of the other plants that were used as herbs and spices in the Bible?