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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible


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BARLEY ( se‘ôrâh ). As in ancient times, so to-day barley (Arab. [Note: Arabic.] sha‘ir ) is the most plentiful cereal of Palestine. It is the chief food of horses ( 1 Kings 4:28 ), mules, and donkeys, oats being practically unknown. It is still used by the poor for making bread ( Judges 7:13 , John 6:9; John 6:13 etc.) in the villages, but not in the cities. Barley was the special ritual offering for jealousy ( Numbers 5:16 ). The barley harvest ( Ruth 1:22 ) precedes that of wheat: it begins around Jericho as early as March, and in Jerusalem and the neighbourhood at the end of May.

E. W. G. Masterman.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Barley'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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