Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A Biblical Grocery List

If you lived during Biblical times what would your grocery list look like?

Here are 13 food items that are mentioned in the Bible:

1. Coriander
*The house of Israel named the substance manna. It resembled coriander seed, was white, and tasted like wafers [made] with honey (Exodus 16:31)
*The manna resembled coriander seed, and its appearance was like that of bdellium. (Numbers 11:7)

2. Pomegrantates
*Why have you led us up from Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It’s not a place of grain, figs, vines, and pomegranates, and there is no water to drink! (Number 20:5)
*A land of wheat, barley, vines, figs, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey; (Deuteronomy 8:8)

3. Gourds
*One went out to the field to gather herbs and found a wild vine from which he gathered as many wild gourds as his garment would hold. Then he came back and cut them up into the pot of stew, but they were unaware [of what they were]. (2 Kings 4:39)

4. Barley
*A land of wheat, barley, vines, figs, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey; (Deuteronomy 8:8)
*Also take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt. Put them in a single container and make them into bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the number of days you lie on your side, 390 days. (Ezekiel 4:9)

5. Fish
*So Simon Peter got up and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish---153 of them. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. “Come and have breakfast,” Jesus told them. None of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish.

6. Partridge
*So don’t let my blood fall to the ground far from the LORD’s presence, for the king of Israel has come out to search for a flea, like one who pursues a partridge in the mountains. (1 Samuel 26:20)
*He who makes a fortune unjustly is [like] a partridge that hatches eggs it didn’t lay. In the middle of his days [his riches] will abandon him, so in the end he will be a fool. (Jeremiah 17:11)

7. Oxen
*So he turned back from following him, took the team of oxen, and slaughtered them. With the oxen’s wooden yoke and plow, he cooked the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he left, followed Elijah, and served him. (1 Kings 19:21)

8. Curds
*By the time he learns to reject what is bad and choose what is good, he will be eating butter and honey. (Isaiah 7:15)

9. Locusts
*John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. (Mark 1:6)

10. Wine
*Whatever is needed---young bulls, rams, and lambs for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, or wheat, salt, wine, and oil, as requested by the priests in Jerusalem---let it be given to them every day without fail (Ezra 6:9)
*”Fill the jars with water,” Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. Then He said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the chief servant.” And they did. When the chief servant tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from---though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom and told him, “Everybody sets out the fine wine first, then, after people have drunk freely, the inferior. But you have kept the fine until now.” (John 2: 7-10)

11. Apples
*Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apples for I am lovesick (Song of Solomon 2:5)

12. Anise
*Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the most important matters of the law---justice, mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others. (Matthew 23:23)

13. Cucumbers
*We remember the free fish we ate in Egypt, along with the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. (Numbers 11:5)

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SJ Reidhead said...

Well researched list. Great job!

The Pink Flamingo

Coco said...

I can't believe you included Locusts! :D

secret agent mama said...

Very interesting post!
My TT!

Natalie said...

I partially eat like they did in biblical times...but a few of those things there's no way I'm touching. LOL!

My Thursday Thirteen is up too! :)

Beth said...

Very cool TT!

Lyn Leahz said...

Wine in the Bible wasn't always fermented wine. It was grape juice sometimes and other times vinegar. Fermented wine, in the Bible, is always used in negative context, such as Noah getting drunk, and the new wine and old wine. In order to believe what I am saying, you have to study the word wine throughout the Bible in it's original Hebrew/Greek. However, many Christians are under the misconception that it is okay to drink wine, and the whole Jesus turning water into wine. Grape juice at that time was considered a delicacy...and was a main staple in drink. The interpreters of the Bible called it all "Wine" Some Bible translations make this correction in a few verses, but most don't.

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