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by jonah jones / March 25, 2006 7:22 PM PST

i went to google to look up "spelt flour" and found that "spelt is on of the seven grains mentioned in the Bible"

so i thought...ok... oats, wheat, barley and.......and.....ummmm....

does anyone know the answer?



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Not a Biblical scholar, but...
by EdH / March 25, 2006 7:59 PM PST

Not to be confused with oats or wheat, spelt is a member of the same grain family but is an entirely different species. It is one of the original seven grains mentioned in the Bible. This 9000 year old grain originated in the Fertile Crescent and over the centuries found its way throughout Europe where it remained a very popular grain for hundreds of years. To Germans it is their beloved ''Dinkel'' and is now found in a wide variety of foods and beverages from bread to beer. To Italians it is called ''Farro'' and is found in gourmet soups, pizza crusts, breads and cakes.


Spelt's "nutty" flavor has long been popular in Europe, where it is also known as "Farro" (Italy) and "Dinkle" (Germany). In Roman times it was "Farrum", and origins can be traced back early Mesopotamia. Spelt (Triticum spelta) is a ancient and distant cousin to modern wheat (Triticum aestivum). Spelt is one of the oldest of cultivated grains, preceded only by Emmer and Elkorn.
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Not a Bible scholar, but my references include:
by Kiddpeat / March 26, 2006 12:58 AM PST

wheat, barley, spelt, millet, vetch, fitches, lentils, and rye. Also, mustard, mishna, naedr, rice, rosenmuller, gesenius, coriander.

The references dp not show a list of seven, but the above seems to mentioned in various articles as grain or seeds (grain is a seed). The specific words used depend on the translation, so you would have to find the source of the seven grain quote. Some of the items I found may be referring to the same seed.

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asked my son, he found this
by jonah jones / March 26, 2006 2:41 AM PST
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Thanks Jonah, connects with a source forcheap Greek-English
by Ziks511 / March 27, 2006 3:21 AM PST

Lexicons and cheap Hebrew-English Lexicons too, thus answering a question I asked on the forum roughly a year ago.

There are two quotations about this: "If you sit long enough by the river everything will come to you" (a Buddhist saying) and "If you sit by the river eventually the bodies of your enemies will float past" (which is I think a Chinese saying). Personally I prefer the former.


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(NT) (NT) Little Red Book I would think.
by Kiddpeat / March 27, 2006 6:53 AM PST
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No emmer for Passover
by James Denison / March 30, 2006 3:53 PM PST

Emmer wheat is one of the five grains forbidden to Jews during Passover; it is often incorrectly translated as spelt in older literature. Spelt did not grow in ancient Israel; emmer was a significant crop until the end of the Iron Age. Likewise, references to emmer in Greek and Latin texts are traditionally translated as "spelt," even though spelt was not common in the Classical world until very late in its history.

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