About the "Rose of Sharon" of the Bible
"I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys." (Solomon 2:1)
Jesus is often "symbolically" referred to as the rose of Sharon. (the New Testament never literally refers to him as such)
'Sharon' is a plain - it is one of the largest valley-plains in all of Palestine. Back at the time of Solomon, it was considered a wild, fertile plain that had a lot of beautiful flowers in it. Although the Sharon is mentioned only once in the New Testament (Acts 9:35), it is frequently referred to in rabbinic literature often with allusions to its fertility. The plain has been the main land invasion route of Palestine from the south throughout the ages, down to Napoleon (1799), and the British under General Edmund Allenby (1917–18). (Britanica Online Encyclopedia)
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