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W.W.J.E. A Culinary Walk of Faith. The Direction of Intention My God, give me the grace to perform this action with you and through love for you. In advance, I offer to you all the good that I will do and accept all the difficulty I may meet therein. St. Ann, Pray for us.

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w w j e

A Culinary Walk of Faith

The Direction of Intention

My God, give me the grace to perform this action with youand through love for you.In advance, I offer to you all the good that I will do and acceptall the difficulty I may meet therein.

St. Ann, Pray for us.

St. Francis de Sales, Pray for us


“Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”Genesis 1:29

Doesn't it make sense that the One who made us would know the healthiest way for us to live and eat?

biblical vegetarianism
Biblical Vegetarianism?
  • Does Genesis tell us that God intended for us to be vegetarians?
    • Well……YES! Before the Fall all (humans and animals were to be nourished on the plants of the earth)
    • After the FALL
      • The Bible is silent about eating meat
      • The first mention of eating meat occurred after the FLOOD – Gen.9
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Biblical Vegetarianism?
  • God’s creation was originally intended for sentient beings not to do violence to one another.
  • God intends to restore creation to its original state
food and drink in the bible
Food and Drink in the Bible


  • Food, Feasts, Banquets – 800 x’s
  • 90 different kinds of food mentioned in the Bible
  • Not one recipe
    • The Widow of Zarephath and Elijah
  • Descriptions of Meals
    • Passover – Last Supper


  • Wine - 200 x’s
    • Fermented and unfermented – wine and New wine
  • Beer
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Drunkenness
    • 75 times
food metaphors in the old testament
Food Metaphors in the Old Testament
  • The Tree of Knowledge – Gen 1
    • Sin enters the body like food does
  • Noah gets Drunk? Gen 9
    • More like a peaceful sleep
  • Selling a birthright for a bowl of stew – Jacob and Esau – Gen 25
    • Greed and self-gratification
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Food Metaphors in the Old Testament
  • Abram feeds 3 visitors
    • Hospitality
  • Flowing with Milk and Honey Ex 3
    • Great abundance of God
    • God will provide
  • The Fleshpots of Egypt
    • Excess
  • Manna and Quail – Ex. 16
    • God Provides
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Food Metaphors in the Old Testament
  • The Prophet Ezekiel and Soup
    • prophesies the fate of sinful Jerusalem he drives his message home by describing the methods of making a soup. Ex 24
  • Raven’s Bread feeds Elijah
    • God provides 1Kings 17
  • Olive Oil
    • Food and medicine
      • Ex. 27 and Micah 6
festival and banquets in the bible
Festival and Banquets in the Bible
  • Both social and religious
  • Three Great Feasts - 3 Spring and 3 Fall
      • Spring time – Passover
      • Fall - Rosh Hashanah
  • Preparing and Eating
    • Males prepared the meat – Sacrifice a portion was reserved for family use
    • Provisions provided for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow
    • Families ate together around a common table - rooftop
    • Invitation was never refused
    • Special clothing, Special seating
  • Wedding Feasts - Lasted for Days
foods of the new testament in the home at nazareth
Foods of the New TestamentIn the Home at Nazareth
  • Main meal - Midday with smaller evening meal
  • Primarily Vegetarian
    • bread, milk, meat (rarely), fish (rarely), figs, raisins, olives, dates, nuts, honey, greens and vegetables.
  • Bread
    • Baked every day, loaves were small, round and flat about half an inch thick and seven to eight inches wide.
    • The bread was never cut; it was torn into pieces.
    • No spoons a piece of bread was used to carry meat and vegetables to the mouth.
          • Spices, Herbs and, Seasonings
            • SALT
            • Mint, Dill, Basil, Cumin, Mustard, Anise, Cinnamon, garlic
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Foods of the New TestamentIn the Home at Nazareth
  • Milk
    • milk of sheep, cows, camels and goats was used to provide drink and to make butter.
    • Goat's milk cheese was a favorite food.
      • Curds – goats or sheep milk - yoghurt
  • Meat
    • Sheep or goat's meat was roasted or boiled (as was fish)
  • Sweets: Honey, dried fruit, nuts
eating and drinking with jesus
Eating and drinking with Jesus
  • Jesus turns water into wine – Jn 2
  • Jesus fills Peter's net with fish after night without catches – Jn 21
  • Jesus turns food scraps into meal for 5,000 people Mt 14, Mk 6, Lk 9, Jn 6
  • Jesus also turns seven bread loaves and few fish into food for 4,000 people Mt 15, Mk 8
  • Numorous Parables and teachings about food.
a theology of food
A Theology of Food
  • Food means dependence
    • Food gives us life
  • Food indicates our dominion over the earth
    • We were given what we need to eat – Naturally!
  • Food is for Creativity
    • Sharing in God’s work – “The work of our hands”
  • Food is for Fellowship
  • Food has always been at the center of Worship
luke the gospel of food jesus at a meal 10 x s
Luke: The Gospel of FoodJesus at a meal 10 x’s
  • During meals the poor and sinners are restored to health
  • Meals are centers of confrontation and controversy
  • Right behavior at meals – Hospitality
  • Table ministry is a training ground for the disciples – Last Supper
  • At Meals Eyes are open to those who are nourished - Emmaus