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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Beans

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bēnz ( פול , pōl ; Arabic fūl ): A very common product of Palestine; a valuable and very ancient article of diet. The Bible references are probably to the Faba vulgaris (N.D. Leguminosae ) or horsebean. This is sown in the autumn; is in full flower - filling the air with sweet perfume - in the early spring; and is harvested just after the barley and wheat. The bundles of black bean stalks, plucked up by the roots and piled up beside the newly winnowed barley, form a characteristic feature on many village threshing-floors. Beans are threshed and winnowed like the cereals. Beans are eaten entire, with the pod, in the unripe state, but to a greater extent the hard beans are cooked with oil and meat.

In Ezekiel 4:9 , beans are mentioned with other articles as an unusual source of bread and in 2 Samuel 17:28 David receives from certain staunch friends of his at Mahanaim a present, which included "beans, and lentils, and parched pulse."


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Beans'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/b/beans.html. 1915.

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