The Bible and Food
The Bible as Dietician
    The following excerpts are from the bible, and all pertain to foods.  Some are dos some are don'ts all are interesting if nothing else.  And the coincidence with modern know-how is intriguing.  Some are wise, some are common sense and others may be silly.  Many are based on superstitious beliefs others out of practicality and still others have been found to be sound advice.  Bear these things in mind as you read on.

"Come home with me and eat bread," I Kings 13:15

"We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons and the leeks, and the onions, and
the garlic."  Numbers 11:5

"And the children of Israel did eat manna 40 years," Exodus 16:35

***NOTE-Many scholars believe manna was a spice that is known today as coriander but no one knows for certain.

"...There is nothing at all, besides this manna, before our eyes.  And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour of bdellium.  And the people went about and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans and made cakes of it; and the taste was like fresh oil," Numbers 11: 6-8

"My son eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: so shall the knowledge of wisdom be  unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off."  Proverbs 24:13-14

"He that is of cheerful heart hath a continual feast."  Proverbs 15:15

"Let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink."  Daniel 1:12-16

"And God said, `Behold I have given you every herb-bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." Genesis 1:29

"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit there of, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did it."  Genesis 3:6  

***NOTE--It is likely that the forbidden fruit which the above passage speaks of was not the apple as the soil could not sustain the tree but more likely fig, date or apricot.

"And Jacob sod (boiled) pottage: and Esau said to Jacob, Feed me I pray thee with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.  And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.  And Esau said, `Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?  And Jacob said swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up and went his way.  Thus Esau despised his birthright."
Genesis 25:29-34

"And Solomon's provisions for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal.  Ten fat oxen and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and a hundred sheep, be sides harts, and roebucks and fallow deer, and fatted fowl."  I Kings 4:22-23

"...and he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat..."  Luke 15:16

"...and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry."  Luke 15:23

"Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the Passover lamb must be killed.  And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the Passover, that we may eat."  Luke 22:7-8

"But flesh with the life thereof, ye shall not eat"  Genesis 9:4

"It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings that ye eat neither fat not blood"  Leviticus 3:17

"You shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep or of goat."
Leviticus 7:23

"He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man;  he that sacrificeth a lamb as if he cut off a dog's neck" 
Isaiah 66:3

"Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things." 
Genesis 9:3

"And the Lord spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them,  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.  Whatsoever parteth the hoof and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among beasts that shall ye eat.  Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof, he is unclean unto you.  And the coney (badger), because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof, he is unclean to you.  And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof, he is unclean to you.  And the swine, though he divide the hoof and be cloven-footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.  Of flesh shall ye not eat and their carcass shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you."
Leviticus 11:1-8

"These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.  And all that hath not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you.  They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcasses in abomination.  Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you." 
Leviticus 11:9-12

"And these are they which ye shall hold in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle and the ossifrage and the osprey.  And the vulture, and the kite after his kind; every raven after his kind; and the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckoo, and the hawk after his kind, and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, and the swan, and the pelican and the geir-eagle, and the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing and the bat.  All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you." 
Leviticus 11:13-21

"And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all fours, those are unclean to you." 
Leviticus 11:27

"And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten.  Whatsoever goeth upon the belly, and whatsoever goeth upon all fours, or whatsoever hath more feet among all creeping things that creep upon the earth, them ye shall not eat; for they are an abomination." 
Leviticus 11:41-42

"This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: To maketh a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten." 
Leviticus 11:46-47

"These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth: the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind.  And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.  These are unclean to you among all that creep; whosoever doth touch them, when they be dead, shall be unclean until the even." 
Leviticus 11:29-31

"A land of wheat and barley, and vines, and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey; a land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack anything in it."
Dueteronomy 8:8-9

"Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk." 
Deuteronomy 14:21

***NOTE-This passage is generally taken to mean, "Do not eat meat with milk."  Which we now know is VERY smart advice as it takes powerful enzymes to digest meats which milk nutrilizes.

"Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread."  Exodus 23:15


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