THE USE OF RAW GRAIN AND PARCHED GRAIN The eating of raw grain is a modern custom in Israel that dates back to very ancient days. (See also "eating grain in the field." Chapter 19). The Arabs today often pluck the ears of grain and rubbing them in their hands, eat them. The Mosaic Law said: "Ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your GOD" (Leviticus 23:14; cf. Deuteronomy 23:25; II Kings 4:42). The disciples of JESUS ate raw grain in the fields. "His disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands" Luke 6:1; cf. Matthew 12:1, Mark 2:23). So it can be readily seen that this custom of eating raw grain has prevailed for thousands of years. Another food common in the Orient today and in use in Bible times is parched grain. This is prepared from the grains of wheat that are not fully ripe. They are roasted in a pan or on an iron plate. Such grain is eaten either with or without bread. Jesse sent some of it to his sons in the army by the hand of David (I Samuel 17:17). Abigail included some of it in her present to David (I Samuel 25:18). And David received some of it from friends at the time he had fled from Absalom (II Samuel 17:28). These Scriptures show that parched grain has been in use for centuries. [Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]

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