There are certainly different explanations of where Haman found a massive beam of wood to construct his gallows, but what TYPE of wood was it?

Pirkei D'Rabbi ELiezer here says it was taken from the Kodesh Hakodashim - maybe this helps in knowing what type of wood it was?

Midrash Talpiyot mentions that it was made from the Eitz Hadas. - does anyone know what type of wood that was?

(I am looking for something besides using the idea that it was from the ark and therefore presumed to be gopher wood)

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    Why do you ask?
    – shmosel
    Jun 6, 2023 at 19:04
  • Mostly to further my learning and understanding. But also i am trying to see if anyone knows of any opinios or ways off deducing that the wood was made of Acacia wood.
    – The Targum
    Jun 6, 2023 at 19:06
  • The Midrash famously says it was from Noach's ark - why would you think differently?
    – Dov
    Jun 6, 2023 at 19:08
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    @TheTargum when writing the answer, your most recent edit wasn't effective yet, so I included sources about gopher wood aka cedar wood.
    – Shmuel
    Jun 6, 2023 at 19:13
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    Because the Temple was built from ארזי הלבנון (The aforementioned cedars).
    – Harel13
    Jun 6, 2023 at 19:16

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Yalkut Shimoni explains that there was a fury debate between the trees and that a specific tree was chosen that was fifty cubits high, so that everyone could see the tree from afar. The Yalkut Shimoni here mentions the cedar tree also.

According to the Midrash in Esther Rabbah (source still seeking, chapter 9), the thorn-tree was used for the gallows.

There are also sources that say that the wood was from the tree of knowledge (see: Haman's tree by Rabbi Heschel Greenberg)

The Yalkut Shimoni writes that the wood, used for the gallows, was originally from the Ark of Noah.

ונטל נסר א' מתבתו של נח שעשה הקב"ה זכרון לעולם שידעו דורות עולם שהביא מבול לעולם שכן כתיב זכר עשה לנפלאותיו וכן כשנהפכו סדום ועמורה כתיב ותבט אשתו מאחריו ועד עכשיו היא עומדת נציב מלח. למה זכר עשה לנפלאותיו שיהיו הדורות מתנין שבחו של הקב"ה

If we look back to the point where G-d instructs Noah to build the ark, G-d instructs Noah to build it from Gopher wood:

Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make it an ark with compartments, and cover it inside and out with pitch.

The Onkelos says that gopher wood can also read as cedar wood דְּאָעִין דְּקַדְרוֹס:

Make for yourself an ark of cedar wood. Make the ark into compartments and caulk the inside and outside with tar.

See also the Radak (ad loc.).

According to the Rabbeinu Bahya, it was light-weight kind of wood and well-known to the people.

So, you ask what kind of wood it was. Well, if we build unto the words of the Yalkut Shimoni, it was the same wood as the Ark of Noah's was. Therefore, according to Onkelos, it was cedar wood. According to the posuk itself, it was gopher wood.

  • he wants to avoid the approach that it came from the Ark and was gopher wood
    – Dov
    Jun 6, 2023 at 19:13
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    when writing the answer, your most recent edit wasn't effective yet, so I included sources about gopher wood aka cedar wood.
    – Shmuel
    Jun 6, 2023 at 19:13
  • Thank you Reb Shmuel for this detailed answer. I am trying to avoid (for purposes of this conversation) the notion that it was gopher wood from the ark.
    – The Targum
    Jun 6, 2023 at 19:14
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    The Onkelos in my answer says it was cedar.
    – Shmuel
    Jun 6, 2023 at 19:14

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