1 Kings 10:11-12

In addition to gold from Ophir, much almugwood was brought to Solomon.  He used it for the Lord’s temple, musical instruments and his palace.

“A. Almug; Algum

          . These English words are just forms of the same Hebrew word. Solomon requested “algum” wood from Lebanon (II Chron. 2:8) and “almug” was sent from Ophir (I Kings 10:11-12). We are not sure what kind of tree this was, but Bible scholars generally believe that it was sandalwood.”


If it was sandalwood, here’s a Wikipedia description:

“Sandalwood is the name of a class of fragrant woods from trees in the genusSantalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods they retain their fragrance for decades. As well as using the harvested and cut wood in-situ, essential oils are also extracted from the woods for use. Both the wood and the oil produce a distinctive fragrance that has been highly valued for centuries…”

King Solomon received wisdom from God and chose a lot of almugwood for his projects.  I’ve seen lumbaryards but I can’t imagine what that massive shipment of wood would have looked like.