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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary

Baking Bread

Abraham directed Sarah to bake cakes upon the hearth, for the use of the strangers who had visited him, Genesis 18:6 . Elijah requests the same of the widow of Zarephath, 1 Kings 17:13 , Amnon the son of David requests Tamar his sister to come and make cakes in his sight, that he might eat at her hand, 2 Samuel 13:6 . These and other allusions to the preparation of bread will be explained by referring to eastern customs. Rauwolff observes that travellers frequently bake bread in the deserts of Arabia, on the ground heated for that purpose by fire, covering their cakes of bread with ashes and coals, and turning them several times till they are enough. The eastern bread is made in small thin cakes, and is generally eaten new. Sometimes it was however made to keep several days, as the shew bread; and a sort of rusks, or bread for travelling, Joshua 9:12 . The eastern ladies of rank often prepare cakes, pastry, &c, in their own apartments.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Baking Bread'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/b/baking-bread.html. 1831-2.

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