Locusts and Wild Honey
The book of Matthew mentions that John the Baptist used to eat “locusts and wild honey”. And indeed, honey manufacturing accompanies the humanity since ancient times, and is mentioned quite a lot in the old testament. Honey was a very common product during the Roman empire era. In addition to being a healthy sweetener, honey was used for wine making as well as for ritual and medicinal purposes.
In fact, there are many honey based medical schools all around the Roman empire. Honey, which in the ancient world symbolized purity, healing and love, still accompanies the humanity in modern life as a symbol of love and happiness. For example, the origin of the expression “honey moon” is in the belief that eating honey after the wedding contributes to having a long, meaningful and good marriage.
“Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty”.
As well as honey, carob trees were also very common at the Roman empire, as food for both people and farm animals, and for medical purposes. In addition, the Romans had adapted the ancient Greek tradition of weighing goods using carob seeds.
In fact, the origin of the term “Carat” is carob. In spite of the fact that carobs aren’t mentioned many times in the old and new testament, other ancient texts do mention carobs, as a symbol of simplicity, love and intergenerational connection.
“Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey”.
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