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Eating [EBD]

The ancient Hebrews would not eat with the Egyptians (Gen. 43:32). In the time of our Lord they would not eat with Samaritans (John 4:9), and were astonished that he ate with publicans and sinners (Matt. 9:11). The Hebrews originally sat at table, but afterwards adopted the Persian and Chaldean practice of reclining (Luke 7:36-50). Their principal meal was at noon (Gen. 43:16; 1 Kings 20:16; Ruth 2:14; Luke 14:12). The word "eat" is used metaphorically in Jer. 15:16; Ezek. 3:1; Rev. 10:9. In John 6:53-58, "eating and drinking" means believing in Christ. Women were never present as guests at meals (q.v.).

Eating [NAVE]

The host acting as waiter, Gen. 18:8.
Favored guests served an extra portion, Gen. 43:34.
Table used in, Judg. 1:7.
Sitting at table, Ex. 32:6.
Reclining on couches, Amos 6:4, 7; Luke 7:37, 38; John 13:25.
Washings before, Matt. 15:2.
See: Dier; Feasts; Food; Gluttony.

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