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Bible food. Cooking a Bible dinner. Recipes

bible food

Would you like to taste the stew that King David used to treat his guests? Or would you like to cook a Bible-style dinner for your friends? What is biblical style? Bible meals are meals that were prepared and eaten in Bible times.

Of course, most of the dishes are prepared from products that were common in the Middle East in those distant times. Therefore, first of all, you will need lentils, olives, onions, eggplants, tomatoes, rice, cheese, honey, fish, lamb, goat meat and, of course, bread and wine. At that time, lamb was considered the main dish. But in Galilee, Samaria, Judea, they also cooked veal, goat meat, wild geese, ducks and even kites, falcons, owls, and seagulls. And foie gras, it turns out, appeared in Ancient Egypt: there, wild geese and ducks were specially fed for the pharaohs.

Bible Dinner. Bible food

An entire chapter is devoted to Old Testament delicacies in the book. There are especially many of them in Jewish cuisine. For example, Tzimmes (a dessert made from carrots and fruits stewed over low heat) was prepared by the Jews several thousand years ago. And the roasted nuts are essentially the same candied roasted nuts (cookies made of burnt sugar with nut crumbs), only in chocolate.

In other words, the most common foods were bread, grapes, lentils, wine and olives. Remember: Isaiah, the son of Isaak, tasted the lentil stew so delicious that he sold the birthright to Jacob for it.

Keep in mind that you will not be able to accurately reproduce this or that dish. If only because then food was cooked on an open fire in clay pots. But, according to the authors, this is not the main thing. After that, more important is the spirit and mood in which your “Bible” meal is prepared and served.

Mint meat. Bible Cooking Recipe

Bible food, Ingredients: 4 onions, chopped; 3 cloves of garlic; 6 tablespoons olive oil; 8 slices of veal; 1 glass of water; 1 tablespoon flour; 1 teaspoon white pepper; 6 coriander seeds; 1 clove bud; 1 tablespoon lime juice; 6 cherry tomatoes, halved; 6 fresh mint leaves, chopped; 1 tablespoon vinegar.

Fry the onion and garlic in oil in a frying pan until golden brown. Add veal fillet, fry until tender. Place the meat on a plate. Pour water into a pan, add flour and pepper, bring to a boil. Add the rest of the spices, cook over low heat. Add lime juice, tomatoes, mint, veal and simmer for another 30 minutes. Boil a side dish (for example, rice). After that, put everything on a baking sheet, garnish with chopped olives on top and bake for another 10 minutes.

Lentil stew. Recipe

Bible food, Ingredients: 1 cup lentils; 3 potatoes; 1 carrot; salt; pepper; greens.

Soak lentils in water for 2 hours. Pour water into a saucepan, put lentils. After boiling, cook for 20 minutes. Add diced potatoes, grated carrots and cook until tender. Season with salt, pepper and herbs before serving.

Jewish dessert salad. Recipe

Ingredients: 1 bunch of lettuce; 100 g of cottage cheese; 50 g chopped tomatoes; 6 tablespoons white wine vinegar; 9 tablespoons olive oil; 2 tablespoons honey; 1 cup finely chopped shallots; 1 red chili; 1/4 cup chopped olives; 3 cloves of garlic, minced; 1/2 teaspoon black pepper; 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.

Put chopped lettuce, cottage cheese and tomatoes into a bowl. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a pot, close the lid and shake for 30 seconds. After that, put everything on one plate before serving.

Bread "Life". Recipe

Ingredients: 250 g dried apricots; 3 bananas; 250 g raisins; 200 g walnut; 9 cups rye flour; 2 cups wheat flour; 1 teaspoon sea salt; 1 tablespoon ghee; 1 tablespoon baking soda; 4 tablespoons honey; 50 ml of kefir.

Soak dried apricots in a little water. As soon as the dried fruit is softened, drain the liquid into a separate bowl – it will later come in handy for the banana puree. Add raisins and nuts to dried apricots. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, butter and honey. Then add chopped bananas and kefir there. Divide the dough, kneaded until smooth, into three parts and arrange in tins.  After that, bake for 30 minutes in the oven at 200 degrees.

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The story of a little girl and the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

icon Madonna perpetual

Color symbols on the icon

The Mother of God is the embodiment of tenderness and severity. She holds the Son of God Jesus in her arms and looks at Christians praying in front of the image. Infant Jesus with frightened eyes looks at the flying angel. In his hands Jesus sees his fate in the form of a crucifix, a spear and a sponge, with which Christ was given to drink.

The inscriptions on the icon tell us that these archangels are Michael and Gabriel. The background of the image is painted in gold, which symbolizes eternity and God himself. The Mother of God is depicted in the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in a red robe and a blue cape. Red color means love, and blue means loyalty and faith. The green color that is present on the icons of Our Lady of Perpetual Help symbolizes the divinity of the baby. His brown robes – an inextricable connection with humanity and the earth, since Jesus is both a man of flesh and the Son of God.

The Christian Legend

As Christian legends say, the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, like forty other images of the Holy Trinity. This Icon was written by the companion of the Apostle Paul – Luke. From that time until 1453, the image of the Virgin was kept in the temple of Constantinople. Until the city was raided by Turkish troops. It was then that the icon was destroyed.

Of course, today there are many lists from the original. However, all of them, unfortunately, have undergone some, albeit insignificant, but still changes, and have also been supplemented with new colors. The oldest icons that have survived to this day are subsidized by the 16th century. On these lists, as on all images of Byzantine iconography, the Mother of God appears before believers in the image of the all-forgiving Mother of God, as the last hope and “refuge for sinful souls”, to which even the most hopeless sinners can turn.

Interesting story

From Сhurch records it can be learned that a merchant who lived in the Middle Ages. His name is unknown, stole the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that once stood on the island of Crete. He hid the icon in his belongings and sailed on a ship sailing to the West. Then a terrible storm began. A storm literally tore all the nearby ships to pieces. The  ship on which “the Mother of God sailed” did not receive any damage and safely docked at the port.

A year later, the icon ended up in Ancient Rome, where a merchant sought refuge. Then he stopped at the house of his friend and at the hour of his death the merchant revealed to him a terrible secret. This secret was about the stolen image. He asked his friend to take the icon to the nearby temple of the Lord. The friend of the merchant vowed to fulfill the last will of the dying man. But his wife did not want to give this beautiful image and therefore the vow that the friend of the merchant made was never fulfilled.

About a little girl

After some time, the Mother of God appeared to the merchant’s six-year-old daughter. The Mother of God ordered to place her image in the church of the Apostle Matthew. Then standing on the Lateran Hill. According to legend, the girl accurately described the Mother of God who appeared in a dream and conveyed the order to her mother.  After much doubt, she nevertheless took the image to the monks who then served in the Church of St. Matthew. This event was recorded in church manuscripts and dated March 27, 1499. In the very church of the Lord, the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was kept and venerated by the monks for another 300 years. And the services held in honor of this image soon became known throughout Rome. This is how a new stage in the history of the icon Our Lady of Perpetual Help began.

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