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Biblical diet ‘not very healthy’

Ancient Israel was far from “the land of milk and honey,” and instead people suffered from the lack of a balanced diet, according to a theologian.

In his book What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat? Diet in Biblical Times, Dr Nathan MacDonald, an Old Testament lecturer at St Andrews University, used biblical texts and archaeological evidence to study the ancient diet.

He has concluded that there were frequent famines and people’s meals often lacked vitamins and minerals.

However, he believes the Bible contains important messages about sharing food.

Dr MacDonald feels his study disputes the notion held by many that the bible provides not just religious instruction and moral guidance, but the recipe for healthy living.

In North America, books based on the diet of the bible such as What Would Jesus Eat? and The Maker’s Diet are bestsellers.

Full story at BBC Scotland.

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