The Bible is chock-full of food: foods that we consume nearly every day, foods that exist but we’ve only heard about, and foods that exist purely within the Biblical canon. Some are mentioned symbolically, some are simple meals. We’ve rounded up eight of the most important, well-known foods mentioned in the Bible.
Food makes its first presence known at the (literal) beginning , in Genesis 1:29, where the Bible reads:
"Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’"
Food was first created for Adam and Eve to be healthy and strong, according to the Examiner. Throughout the Bible, food is seen as a means to save lives. For example, in 1 Kings 17:4, the Lord says to Elijah,
"You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there."
Some may even argue that food symbolizes a ritual and spiritual observance, because it takes time to plant, grow, and harvest crops. It is a labor of love, and it teaches the grower to be patient and respect the beauty of nature.
Some take food in the Bible quite literally: there is even a Biblical diet in which only foods mentioned in the Bible can be eaten. The diet doesn’t exactly comply with the USDA food pyramid, but the USDA was not created until much later.
Be it it symbolic or utilitarian, a lot of food is mentioned throughout the Bible. There are many interpretations of what the food actually means, but it’s really what you make of it.