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Easton's Bible Dictionary
A grain much cultivated in Egypt (Exodus 9:31
) and in Palestine (Leviticus 27:16
; Deuteronomy 8:8
). It was usually the food of horses (1 Kings 4:28
). Barley bread was used by the poorer people (Judges 7:13
; 2 Kings 4:42
). Barley of the first crop was ready for the harvest by the time of the Passover, in the middle of April (Ruth 1:22
; 2 Samuel 21:9
). Mention is made of barley-meal (Numbers 5:15
). Our Lord fed five thousand with "five barley loaves and two small fishes" (John 6:9
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Barley'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/b/barley.html. 1897.