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The duty of preparing bread was usually, in ancient times, committed to the females or the slaves of the family (Genesis 18:6 ; Leviticus 26:26 ; 1 Samuel 8:13 ); but at a later period we find a class of public bakers mentioned (Hosea 7:4,6 ; Jeremiah 37:21 ).

The bread was generally in the form of long or round cakes (Exodus 29:23 ; 1 Samuel 2:36 ), of a thinness that rendered them easily broken (Isaiah 58:7 ; Matthew 14:19 ; 26:26 ; Acts 20:11 ). Common ovens were generally used; at other times a jar was half-filled with hot pebbles, and the dough was spread over them. Hence we read of "cakes baken on the coals" (1 Kings 19:6 ), and "baken in the oven" (Leviticus 2:4 ). (See BREAD .)

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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Bake'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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