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Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good Bible background bookJanuary 17, 2011Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3"Food at the Time of the Bible" is a Bible background book focusing on food and eating. It had nice full-color pictures and illustrations of the various foods, animals, and harvest & storage methods mentioned in the text. The author used the Bible, the Mishnah and Talmud (oral law), and archaeological findings to describe what people ate during Bible times (especially in Jesus' lifetime). There were 11 recipes in the text which used Bible verses to provide the ingredients while the author filled in the missing amounts. At the end of the book, there were an additional 36 recipes (from bread to sweets) also based on Bible or Mishnah cooking descriptions. They allow you to sample what the food was like back then.
The topics were covered with some detail--probably with as much detail as is available. Still, me being me, I would have liked to know even more. The topics covered were dining customs; grain & bread; grapes, wine, vinegar, & beer; olives & olive oil; fruits (dates, figs, pomegranates, carobs, citron, walnuts, almonds, peaches, apples, plums, apricots, & caper); vegetables; fish; (livestock) meat; milk, cheese, & other milk products; sweets (honey, etc.); herbs & spices; storing & preserving food; the last supper; and biblical measures & food costs.
The book was easy to read and interesting, and I would recommend it. However, I was disappointed that the author placed archeology (human interpretation) over the Bible. She used a timeline that went back past 6000 BC, said things like "some people say that humans didn't used to eat meat based on Genesis 1 & 2" like she thought humans have always eaten meat, and twice said that Jericho is "the world's oldest city."
Sandy Keffer5 Stars Out Of 5May 17, 2010Sandy KefferThis is a wonderful book. Very interesting and educational and informative regarding food of the Bible times and of today. I taught it as an adult Sunday School class. Everyone in the class loves the book and says how much they have learned. I would recommend this book to all. It deepens our faith in God's Word as well. If you don't own a copy of this book, do so - it is a great book for learning and to use beside the Bible in the references in the book.
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