And, what was manna?

Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. Moses said, “This is what Yahweh has commanded: ‘Let an omer of it be kept throughout your generations, so that they may see the bread with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’”

Exodus 16:31-32

To keep the memory alive for the next generation, the Israelites needed a physical reminder of the food that nourished them during their wilderness wanderings, and this was important for cultivating their communal memory of Yahweh’s provision.

Rebekah Devine is Executive Assistant to Shane Claiborne at Red Letter Christians. She holds an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis, an M.Litt in Theology and the Arts, and a B.S. in Biblical Studies. Rebekah blogs sporadically at, and is writing a memoir about growing up messianic Jewish(ish) called A Wandering God Was My Father. Find her on Facebook and Twitter (@rebekahmdevine).

What was manna? – Got Questions

To alleviate this problem, God miraculously provided the Israelites with “bread from heaven,” called “manna.” The manna appeared each morning, and the …

What Was the “Manna” in the Wilderness of Sinai? : Christian Courier

“The Interpreter’s Bible (a popular commentary set), in commenting on the ‘manna‘ that fell when the children of Israel were in the wilderness of Sinai, suggests …

Manna – Wikipedia

Numbers describes it as having the appearance of bdellium, adding that the Israelites ground it and pounded it into cakes, which were then baked, resulting in something that tasted like cakes baked with oil. Exodus states that raw manna tasted like wafers that had been made with honey.

What the Heck Was Manna, Anyway? | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian

Apr 8, 2009 – Was this food that sustained the Israelites in the desert for four decades some kind of miracle substance that rained down like—oh yeah, like manna from Heaven. Obviously, that is the literal explanation from the Bible, but scientists have other theories.

Manna Definition and Meaning – Bible Dictionary – Bible Study Tools

What is Manna? Definition and meaning:MANNA man’-a (man; manna): The Hebrew man is probably derived, as Ebers suggests, from the Egyptian mennu, …

The beetle cocoon that was manna for Moses | The Independent › News › Science

Apr 21, 1996 – Manna was almost certainly trehalose, a white crystalline carbohydrate made of two glucose molecules joined together. It is one of very few …


According to George Ebers (“Durch Gosen zum Sinai,” p. 236), the name comes from the Egyptian “mennu” (= “food”). The manna is also designated “bread” (Ex.

Daily Bible Study – What Was Manna?

The word manna is derived from the The Hebrew words meaning, What is it? Although some have speculated that manna was some sort of naturally-occurring …

What was Manna? | Baptist Christian Forums – Baptist Board › … › Free-For-All Archives › 2000-02 Archive

Aug 22, 2002 – 5 posts – ‎5 authors

My husband and I got interested in manna last night and spent several hours tracking everything we could. There are all kinds of ideas about …

What Was Manna In The Bible? – What Christians Want To Know

May 23, 2015 – What is “manna” that is mentioned in the Bible? Why was it mentioned in Scripture in the Old Testament and even in the New Testament by …  

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