John the Baptist

Why did John the Baptist eat locusts and wild honey?

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There has been a longstanding confusion in the etymological origin of the word locust. Locust is both a bean from the carob plant and an insect. The greek word for cakes or bread made from the flour of the carob bean is 'egkrides' and the Greek word for locust the insect is 'akrides'.

The insect locust is approved to be clean for consumption in Leviticus. It was a delicacy in those days and was usually consumed by the upper and/or priestly class.

John the Baptist belonged to a group of ascetics who believed in repentance and in leading an austere lifestyle. The carob bean was seen as the diet of the lower class who normally endured hardship and exploitation from the priestly class. So we can conclude that JTB ate (locust plant) seed from the carob tree.

The same can be said of honey. It could be anything from saps of certain trees to juice of the crushed dates. Carob flour and crushed dates made a good damper or sweet rustic cake, hence the word 'egkrides' in the Greek version of The Bible.

Some Church Fathers circa 400AD put forth an injunction to change the word 'egkrides' (in the Bible) meaning cakes to 'akrides' the insect locust, not realising that locust the insect was a delicacy enjoyed by the priestly upper crust from whom JTB and the likes distanced themselves from.

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It is John the baptist, his food was locusts and wild honey.

Locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:4).

According to the Gospel of Matthew, John ate locusts and wild honey in the wilderness.

John lived on locusts and wild honey. Mark 1:6And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;

No, only John the Baptist is said in the Bible to have eaten locusts and honey in Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. and in Mark 1:6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;

Because he lived out in the wilderness.

Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

The Scriptures do not say. However, he must have been pretty skinny as the Scriptures do say that his diet was only "locusts & wild honey."

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