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Why is it called the Basilica? Why is basil associated with Jesus and the pope?

I tend to believe it is a misnomer to associate basil directly with Jesus. Basil has no real use other than cooking, and it is obviously used extensively in Italian cooking (the Basilica being in Italy) but does not have a history or use to speak of in Persian area cooking. But considering the similarity between the flowering of basil and “kaneh bosm” as mentioned in the Bible, wouldn’t it be reasonable to assume originally that Jesus was associated with kaneh and not basil?
Afterall, kaneh has extensive use compared to basil (rope making(for fishing..), for its scent/oils, for spiritual use, for incense, for edible meal from seed (which is very healthy), among many other uses, clothing also, paper…). Thus, it seems to make more sense that the basilica is a misnomer and more an issue of roman conquest, ego, and associating Jesus just with Italy rather than having any historic basis. Italy’s dominance during their empire…
I don’t recall lasagna being mentioned much in the Bible
I do however place great credence in the references I’ve researched regarding the function of kaneh in the scriptures.
I agree completely – basil from etymology for word “king” – “basilica” from the king’s house – Jesus is “king of kings”
I don’t see why you people seem to be arguing against me when you’re stating exactly what I’m saying
but the etymology for “basil” isn’t quite known and it gets lost somewhere back areound the time the holy roman empire was trying to take over yhe world, the late 900s A.D.-1000s
and basil is hardly used to make essential oils- it’s just not very oily (in re: oil of kings) – but kaneh is and historians are finding the reference to kaneh bosm relevant: as one of the gifts of the magi, used as lamp oil (perhaps the hannukah festival of lights..)
I know the etymologies of basilica and basil
I think at some point though the roman catholic church altered the word origins to empower the roman empire during its conquests
check it out
yes I’m being serious
Studies are finding likely many references and much relevance to kaneh bosm in the bible
look it up – it is interesting stuff
think about it- does basil have any spiritual relevance? No
does kaneh bosm? Absolutely- it still does today!
“cure for basilisk venom”?
A basilisk is a fictional creature
I’ll guess you’re catholic- well I honor your beliefs – you honor mine
God bless America


  1. Definition:
    A church building of the earlier centuries of Christianity, the plan of which was taken from the basilica of the Romans. The name is still applied to some churches by way of honorary distinction.
    Its an architectural appellation.

  2. I suggest you learn the term etymology. If you remember that you can investigate the origin of about any word – as long as that is known.
    for basilica you’d find:
    1541, from L. basilica “building of a court of justice,” and, by extension, church built on the plan of one, from Gk. (stoa) basilike “royal (portal),” the portico of the archon basileus, the official who dispensed justice in Athens, from basileus “king” (see basil). In Rome, applied specifically to the seven principal churches founded by Constantine.
    for basil you’d find:
    aromatic shrubby plant,” c.1420, from O.Fr. basile, from M.L. basilicum, from Gk. basilikon (phyton) “royal (plant),” from basileus “king,” of unknown origin, possibly from a language of Asia Minor (cf. Lydian battos “king”). So called, probably, because it was believed to have been used in making royal perfumes. In L., confused with basiliscus (see basilisk) because it was supposed to be an antidote to the basilisk’s venom.


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