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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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Was John the Baptist a vegetarian?

No as his diet was locusts and wild honey, locusts are not vegetables.


What food did John the Baptist eat?

Locusts and wild honey


What was the last prophets faveriot food?

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


What did John the Baptist eat when in the wilderness?

Locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:4).


John the Baptist ate?

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


What food did John the Baptist eat when he lived in the desert?

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;


What did John the Baptist eat in the wilderness?

According to scriptures, he ate whatever he could find in the desert, including wild honey and locusts (insects).honey and locusts


Was there mention in the Bible of any other person that ate of honey and locust?

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;


Why did John the Baptist eat locusts and wild?

Because he lived out in the wilderness.


On what foods did John the Baptist exist?

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.


What was john the baptist weight?

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."


Is locusts a plant John the Baptist ate?

No, locust is a type of grasshopper John the Baptist ate: Matthew 3:4New King James Version (NKJV) 4 Now John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.


Did John the Baptist eat from the pods of the honey locust tree?

No, he didn't. In Matthew it is pretty clear: "His food was locusts and wild honey." His food was not honeylocust. Besides, the honeylocust is native to eastern North America - John the Baptist lived on the wrong continent to eat it.


How did John the Baptist dress?

* Now John himself had a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist ; and his food was locusts and wild honey. (Matthew 3:4)


What Bible verse sais John the Baptist eats locusts?

Matthew 3:4 John's clothes were made of camel's hair; he wore a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.


What was the food of John the Baptist in the Bible?

Matthew 3:4 - And John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. [NKJV]


Who wore clothes made of camel's hair and ate locusts and wild honey?

You are describing John the Baptist. Try Mark 1:6 or Matthew 3 for further reference.


What were John the Baptist meals?

locust and wild honey and milk


What is the description of John the Baptist?

John lived in the wilderness (Mark 1:4) and he wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey (Mark 1:6). This passage gives us an image of John the Baptist as a prophet.


What is the wild locust John the Baptist ate?

Locusts are equivalent in meaning to 'grasshopper' . This is not unusual for people throughout the wirld .


Did John the Baptist remain in the wilderness for 40 years?

The land of Judea is wilderness land,and the bible says he preached to thepeople and baptized them in the river Jordan. He also ate locusts and wild honey was his diet.


Where did John the Baptist eat?

Matthew 3:4New International Version (NIV) 4 John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.


What did John the Baptist wear and eat?

he ate wild honey and wore camel hair and a leather belt


Who in the bible had clothing made from camel hair?

Matthew 3:1, 4 - In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, (4) And John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. [NKJV]


What has the author Donald Bain written?

Donald Bain has written: 'Locusts and wild honey'

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