Not Bread Alone: The Uses of Food in the Old Testament by Nathan MacDonald

By Nathan MacDonald

In historic Israel the creation of nutrients was once a simple problem of virtually each Israelite. hence, there are few pages within the previous testomony that don't point out nutrition, and nutrients offers essentially the most vital social, political and spiritual symbols within the biblical textual content. now not Bread on my own is the 1st exact and wide-ranging exam of meals and its symbolism within the outdated testomony and the area of historical Israel. lots of those symbols are very
well-known, equivalent to the forbidden fruit within the backyard of Eden, the abominable pig and the land flowing with milk and honey. Nathan MacDonald demonstrates that the breadth biblical symbolism linked to foodstuff reaches past those celebrated examples, delivering a set of interrelated experiences that draw on work
on nutrition in anthropology or different ancient disciplines. The experiences preserve sensitivity to the literary nature of the textual content in addition to the various historical-critical questions that come up whilst learning it.
Topics tested contain: the character and health of the traditional Israelite nutrition; the connection among nutrition and reminiscence in Deuteronomy; the confusion of meals, intercourse and conflict in Judges; where of feasting within the Israelite monarchy; the literary motif of divine judgement on the desk; using foodstuff in articulating Israelite identification within the post-exilic interval. The concluding bankruptcy indicates how a few of these outdated testomony matters locate resonance within the New Testament.

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