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Recipes from Ancient Israel

Ezekiel Bread – A healthy bread that will sate your appetite!

  • ½ C barley flour
  • ¼ C finely ground broad bean (fava bean) flour
  • ¼ C millet flour
  • 1 C durum wheat flour
  • ½ C finely ground lentil flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • 1 tsp “biblical leavening” – leftover dough from your last round of bread, freshly pressed grape juice or freshly made applesauce – the skins of these fruits have natural yeast.

Mix the dry ingredients. Add the olive oil, leavening and water as needed to form the dough. Knead and allow to rise for two hours in a warm place. Knead again. Form into flat round loaves the size of pita bread and bake on coals until golden brown, for about 10 minutes.

Jacob’s Lentil Stew

    • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro (coriander), divided
    • 3 carrots
    • 3 celery stalks, including leaves
    • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 2 cups dry red lentils
    • 1/4 cup pearl barley (omit for GF)
    • 2 quarts vegetable or chicken stock
    • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp hyssop or parsley
    • 1/2 tsp sumac (optional)
    • 1 bay leaf
    • Salt and pepper to taste

Roughly chop the cilantro. Scrub the carrots, then cut them into chunks (do not peel). Cut celery into chunks, including leaves. Reserve. In a medium sized soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onion and saute till translucent.  Add garlic, carrot chunks, and celery. Continue to saute till onion turns golden and ingredients begin to caramelize. Add red lentils and barley to the pot, stir. Cover mixture with 2 qts. of broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add 1/4 cup of the fresh cilantro to the pot along with the cumin, hyssop or parsley, sumac (optional) and bay leaf; stir. Cover the pot and let the stew simmer slowly for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes, until barley is tender and the stew is thickened. Garnish soup with remaining cilantro.

Gluten Free Modification: Omit the barley for a more soup-like texture, or substitute 1/4 cup brown rice for the barley. Rice is not a Biblical-era grain, but it makes a delicious substitute for those struggling with Celiac or gluten intolerance.

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1. Calendars, Cultures, and Politics
2. Calendars of the Ancient Near East
3. Date in History
4. Israel at the Time of Hosea
5. Some Differences between Oral Societies in the Ancient Middle East and Modern Literary Societies
6. Some Differences in Life between the Ancient and Modern Worlds
7. The Land of Milk and Honey – Agriculture in Ancient Israel
8. Timekeeping in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East
9. Timeline of Events in the Iron Age