The Ten: Foodie facts in the Bible

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1. The valley of Eshcol produced a cluster of grapes so large that it took two men to carry it! (Numbers 13:23)

2. The Israelites called the bread God provided them “manna”, which sounds very similar to the Hebrew words for “What is it?” (Exodus 16:31)

3. Saul almost killed his son Jonathan for eating honey. (1 Samuel 14:43-45)

4. The prophet Elisha used flour to counteract poisonous gourds in a stew. (2 Kings 4:38-41)

5. A man named Shammah protected a field of lentils from the Philistines and God gave him victory against them. (2 Samuel 23:11,12)

6. Joseph showed favouritism to his brother Benjamin by giving him five times as much food as anyone else when his brothers went to Egypt. (Genesis 43:34)

7. God gave the prophet Ezekiel a recipe for sprouted bread that many people still make today. (Ezekiel 4:9)

8. Fish, cucumbers, melons, onions and garlic were among the foods in Egypt that the Israelites missed. (Numbers 11:5)

9. A man offered Elisha 20 loaves of barley bread and some new grain. Elisha asked him to share it among a hundred men. Miraculously there was enough for everyone—and even some leftovers! (2 Kings 4:42-44)

10. Ripe almonds helped determine that Aaron was God’s choice as leader. (Numbers 17:8)

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