I learned two things I thought were pretty interesting this week, and both pertained to the Old Testament.
The first has to do with today's first reading. Manna from heaven.
Some scholars believe they know where that manna came from. Without taking away from the divine part, they believe it could have been from the Tamarisk trees that grow in the Sinai.
Walking the Bible author Bruce Feiler tells us that "plant lice suck on the sap of those trees, and excrete white resinous globules onto the branches." He goes on to say that the sweet globules crystallize in the sun, fall to the ground, and if not harvested quickly, can dry up and disappear or get blow away in the wind.
Despite the fact that he tells us this manna tastes like honey, lice excretion doesn't sound super appealing to me! But I guess if I was stranded in the desert ....
The second has to do with the term Yahweh.
Did you know that we aren't 100% sure that Yahweh is Yahweh?
The only letters we have are YHWH - we do not have the vowels. Therefore, we aren't 100% how it is pronounced!
In fact, there are many scholars today that think the correct word is more like Yehowah, not Yahweh.
Hope you are having a blessed week.