Item description for All Kinds of Scented Wood: Wood and Woodworking in the Bible by Richard S. Barnett...
Overview References to trees and wood fill the Bible from beginning to end, adding to its literary and historical value and enlarging its storehouse of inspirational treasures. They reflect keen observation, practical experience, and conditions of everyday life in the biblical world. Whether in the form of pictures, stories, messages, or poems, these treasures are resources that we may use to enlarge our faith. This book surveys woods and woodworking in the Bible, their place in Jesus' preparation for his ministry, and what the scriptural allusions to trees, wood, and woodworking meant to Him as a carpenter and master builder.
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Christian woodworking Oct 22, 2003
The title is misleading, since this book has nothing to do with scented wood. Its subtitle "Wood and Woodworking in the Bible" is a lot more accurate but still a bit off. This is a book about the Bible and the plants in it, with an emphasis on wood. It consists of a contemplative text on the Bible (p7-83), a pretty extensive treatment of plant names in the Bible (p99-241), a brief treatment on non-Biblical trees and shrubs in Palestine (p243-255), an even briefer treatment of the appropriate woodworking tools (p257-266) and a mysterious conclusion (p267-275).
In a way this is quite intriguing. This is a print-on-demand book at a Christian publisher, which means that anybody who fancies himself a writer and who compiles a book on something Christian can have a book in print, without an editor getting involved. A book on the plants in the Bible by somebody who feels passionately on the topic but whose expertise is in none of the several fields involved seems like a disaster waiting to happen. Against this background this is quite a good book, free of disaster. Since I well know where the errors are likely to be in a book of this kind I looked for them, and indeed they are there. But not nearly as many of them as there might be. The author certainly did a fair bit of homework and avoided most of the likely pitfalls. In its way this is a quite a commendable book.
Nevertheless this is a book with a narrow focus, without any illustrations, with its due share of errors and with a printing quality that is only average. Likely it will be nowhere near a match for Nigel Hepper's "Planting a Bible Garden" when it comes to popular appeal.