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

Nathan MacDonald


In ancient Israel the production of food was a basic concern of almost every Israelite. Consequently, there are few pages in the Old Testament that do not mention food, and food provides some of the most important social, political, and religious symbols in the Old Testament. This book studies food and its symbolism in the Old Testament and the world of ancient Israel. The book provides a collection of interrelated studies on food that examine some of the many symbolic roles of food. The studies are frequently stimulated by work on food in anthropology or other historical disciplines. The stud ... More

Keywords: food, foodways, anthropology, Old Testament, diet, feasting, New Testament, ancient Israel, eating, drinking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546527
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan MacDonald, author
Lecturer in Old Testament, University of St Andrews
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