Original Bible Diet, An Overview: There Were More Than One
What does the Bible, what several faiths believe to be the Word of God, say about nutrition and healthy eating? Apparently, it says much. Was there an "original Bible diet"? Evidently, yes. Was there only just one? Apparently not. In actuality, there were more than one original Bible diet. Indeed, there were two distinct diets during two different stages of early recorded history. Perhaps, three can even be considered. And all three were implemented for different reasons and at different times in antiquity.
In a study of the Bible, one finds at least two different "original Bible diets" recorded in the Bible which transpired during two distinct periods of history. There is also a third Bible diet which may or may not have been actually included with the very first recorded Bible diet. The three were Biblical accounts written by Moses the ex-Egyptian noble, ex-fugitive, shepherd and whom many in at least three major religions in the world, consider to be the "deliverer" of the Children of Israel. He also figures greatly, historically speaking, as a lawgiver, judge, administrator, military commander and strategist.
The first recorded Biblical account reads as follows in the first book of the Bible, Genesis chapter 1, verse 29. It took place before the so-called "fall" of man. In other words, before man "fell into sin" from his state of God-created perfection due to his willful disobedience.
"And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed: to you it shall be for meat."
Thus, it was recorded by Moses that God spoke to Adam in the Garden of Eden, (which many scholars and archaeologists today believe was in the nation of Iraq north of the capital city of Baghdad).
The first original Biblical diet as recorded in Genesis "before the Fall", is comprised of the following:
Grains: Wheat, corn, rye, barley, rice, millet, oats and buckwheat.
Seeds: Sunflower, sesame, flax, and pumpkin seeds, etc.
Legumes: Soybeans, lentils, peas, peanuts and other beans.
Succulents ( those containing seeds): Eggplant, okra, bell pepper, squash, green beans, pumpkins, cucumbers, tomatoes and melons.
"…and every tree in which the fruit of a tree yield seed…"
This category is the woody, perennial plants, shrubs or bushes such as:
Fruit trees: Citrus fruit, sub-acid fruit, sweet fruit, and neutral fruit.
Nuts: Almonds, pecans, cashews, brazil nuts, walnuts, chestnuts, filberts, acorns and pine nuts.
One can also read in Gen. 1:30 that God was supposed to have spoken further to Adam, the first man, concerning a specific diet tailor made not only for Adam but for the animal kingdom as well. One reads that originally, the green herbs were given by God as food for the animals:
"And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth…I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so." (This is considered by some students of the Bible to be perhaps a second original Bible diet added at a later period.)
The third diet, after the "Fall"
However, one can read that later after the period of the "fall" of man from a state of perfection, (Gen. 3:17,18), there was an addition to his diet. Perhaps this was to help fight the disease, sickness and infirmities which had by then entered humanity and the earth as a result of Adam’s and his wife, Eve’s disobedience.
Some Biblical scholars believe that there was needed, supposedly, a natural reinforcement to the constitution of man which had now become weakened. This addition remains a part of our diets to this very day.
"And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast harkened unto the voice of thy wife…cursed is the ground for thy sake…and thou shalt eat the herb of the field". Now, we observe that herbs of the earth, (root vegetables or vegetables) were added. Also added were certain types of meat, fish, and cattle.
Some of these vegetables and herbs of the earth include:
Leafy herbs: Celery, cabbage, kale chard lettuce, etc.
Flowers: Globe artichoke, broccoli, cauliflower.
Roots: Carrots, beets, potatoes, turnips, etc. (1)
Not all fruit and vegetables are equal. A pyramid or a hierarchy of Bible food has been created according to how different seeds are propagated and germinated within a tree, plant or herb.
There are three different groups of plant food which are very distinctly individual. They in turn satisfy different nutritional and health needs. Sometimes persons commonly use the terms fruit, herbs and vegetable loosely and interchangeably, yet the Bible makes a clear distinction between the three groups.
The Bible health plan indicates that fruit, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and legumes are the foundation of a healthy diet. Herbs, safe, clean meat (poultry, fish, and certain forms of cattle and herds), meat by-products and vegetable oils are optional but also form essential elements in a building block that constitutes a Bible Food Pyramid. (2) Illustr.of an Original Bible Food Pyramid
Over recent years, there have been several "diets" which claim to come from the Bible. However, upon careful examination this has not proven to be fact. Obviously, the only original Bible Diet is the one mentioned and recorded in the Book Genesis, "the beginning."
Some vegetarians and vegans have taken the Bible and converted it into a platform for their eating styles. As a matter of fact, the Biblical diet plan may seem similar to vegetarian, kosher or vegan diets. However, in the beginning there was no need for kosher food as everything God was recorded as having created was "clean" and perfect to begin with.
The written account of the beginning of mankind according to the Bible, is very clear and specific in it’s recommendation for a healthy and nutritious diet. Man, over the years seems to be intent in eating in his self-determined manner according to his likes and dislikes.
Whatever the facts are concerning nutrition and healthy eating, one fact does stand out: there was more than simply one original Bible diet. No matter what newer renditions and interpretations of the Bible there may be, there were more than one original Bible diet.
The Book of Genesis:King James Version of the Bible
(2) Illustration: Courtesy of PlanetPace. http://www.planetpace.com/
Authored by Beverly Anne Sanchez, Factoidz.Com, 2010