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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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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.

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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.

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John lived in the desert and ate what was easily available, including insects and honey.

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

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