Illustrated Manners and Customs of the Bible says, “Hospitality, kindness to strangers, and ‘especially unto them who are of the household of faith’ (Gal. 6:10), had roots in the Old Testament and became an integral part of the teachings of the New Testament” (page 467).
The next several posts explore hospitality—how it’s defined in Bible times, demonstrations and expectations of the day. This promises to be a fascinating study, and we hope you’ll join us as we delve into the art and requirements of being hospitable.
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The last Memory Checker asked how many fruits and nuts are listed in the Bible. Here’s my list:
- Apples (Song of Solomon 2:5)
- Almonds (Genesis 43:11; Numbers 17:8)
- Figs (Nehemiah 13:15; Jeremiah 24:1-3)
- Grapes (Leviticus 19:10; Deuteronomy 23:24)
- Melons (Numbers 11:5; Isaiah 1:8)
- Olives (Isaiah 17:6; Micah 6:15)
- Pistachio Nuts (Genesis 43:11)
- Pomegranates (Numbers 20:5; Deuteronomy 8:8)
- Raisins (Numbers 6:3; 2 Samuel 6:19)
- Sycamore Fruit (Amos 7:14)
In addition: Dates (II Chronicles 31:5). The marginal reference in the KJV indicates the word “honey” can be rendered “dates.” A syrup made from dates (or grapes, raisins, carob beans) is referred to as honey. (“Honey,” International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia)