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Lost Gospel of Thomas

Type: Literature (pdf)

Submitter: [anonymous]

Category: Essays - Religion

exhibition Date: 2018-04-28 22:28:18 MST

Last Update: 2018-05-08 10:20:15 MST

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(19) Jesus said, "Blessed is he who came into being before he came into being. If you
become my disciples and listen to my words, these stones will minister to you. For there
are five trees for you in Paradise which remain undisturbed summer and winter and
whose leaves do not fall. Whoever becomes acquainted with them will not experience
death."

Keywords: Lost Gospel of Thomas Bible Biblical Text Jesus Words Written

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Limitless - 2018-05-13 16:43:29 MST
Pistacia lentiscus (also lentisk; mastic; Greek: μαστίχα mastíkha ) is a dioecious evergreen shrub or small tree of the pistacia genus growing up to 4 m (13 ft) tall which is cultivated for its aromatic resin, mainly on the Greek island of Chios.

Unlike other species of Pistacia, it retains its leaves throughout the year.

The aromatic, ivory-coloured resin, also known as mastic, is harvested as a spice from the cultivated mastic trees grown in the south of the Greek island of Chios in the Aegean Sea, where it is also known by the name "Chios tears". Originally liquid, it is hardened, when the weather turns cold, into drops or patties of hard, brittle, translucent resin. When chewed, the resin softens and becomes a bright white and opaque gum.

Cultivation history Edit
The resin is collected by bleeding the trees from small cuts made in the bark of the main branches, and allowing the sap to drip onto the specially prepared ground below. The harvesting is done during the summer between June and September. After the mastic is collected, it is washed manually and is set aside to dry, away from the sun, as it will start melting again.

Mastic resin is a relatively expensive kind of spice; it has been used principally as a chewing gum for at least 2,400 years.[8] The flavour can be described as a strong, slightly smoky, resiny aroma and can be an acquired taste.

Medicinal
Mastic has been used as a medicine since antiquity and is still used in traditional folk medicine of the Middle East. In ancient Greece, it was given as a remedy for snakebite. The first-century Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides mentions the healing properties of mastic in his book De Materia Medica. Hippocrates wrote that the mastic is good for prevention of digestive problems and colds, and Galenus suggested that mastic was useful for bronchitis and for improving the condition of the blood.

Mastic contains antioxidants and also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.[10] A Nottingham University study published in The New England Journal of Medicine finds that mastic can cure peptic ulcers by killing Helicobacter pylori bacteria.[11] Other studies have indicated that mastic has only a modest ability to eliminate H. pylori but have also suggested that refining mastic by removing the polymer poly-β-myrcene may make the active components, particularly isomasticadienolic acid, more available and effective.[12]

One study found that high consumption of Chios mastic powder results in decreased levels of total serum cholesterol, LDL, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, lipoprotein (a), apolipoprotein A1, apolipoprotein B, ALT, AST, and GGT.[13] Mastic oil is widely used in the preparation of ointments for skin disorders and afflictions. In the past, it was also used in the manufacture of adhesive bandages.

Dental hygiene Edit
Mastic may have some value in preventing tooth decay[14] and gingivitis[15] as well as chewing mastic reduces oral bacteria. In medieval times, mastic was highly valued by sultans' harems as a breath freshener and a tooth whitener. In India and Persia, mastic was used to fill dental cavities.
 
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