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LENTILS

len'-tilz ('adhashim; phakos; Gen 25:34; 2 Sam 17:28; 23:11; Ezek 4:9; the King James Version Lentiles): These are undoubtedly identical with the Arabic `adas, a small, reddish bean, the product of Ervum lens, a dwarf leguminous plant, half a foot high, which is extensively cultivated in Israel as a summer crop. The flour is highly nutritious, and the well-known food, Revalenta arabica, is simply one form, specially prepared; `adas are highly esteemed in Israel, and are used in soup and as a "pottage" known as mujedderah. This last is of a reddish-brown color and is without doubt the "pottage" of Gen 25:34. Lentils were part of the provisions brought to David when fleeing from Absalom (2 Sam 17:28) and were used in the making of the bread for the prophet Ezekiel (4:9). In a "plot of ground full of lentils," Shammah, one of David's "mighty men," stood and defended it and slew the marauding Philistines (2 Sam 23:11,12).
E. W. G. Masterman
Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'LENTILS'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; 1915.

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