Dairy Products
Churning • Dairy
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Dairy Products
Dairy ProductsAlong with bread, meat, olives, grapes, and other fruits and vegetables, dairy products were important foods in the biblical world. They provided great variety and significant nutrition to the ancient diet. Included in this category were milk, butter (churned in skin or ceramic containers),
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dairy Products
Dairy Products. While the Israelites were familiar with milk, on account of their many herds of small cattle (see Cattle), they often made dairy products rather than drink the milk as it came from the animal. Heb. ḥālāḇ (“milk”; KoB, p. 298) is milk curdled by means of churning in contact with
Compton’s Encyclopedia
dairy industry
dairy industryThe production of milk on dairy farms and the processing of milk and milk products at dairy plants make up the dairy industry. Along with producing many kinds of milk, the industry makes butter, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream.Dairying produces food products that form a regular part of
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
2. Meat and Dairy Products
2. Meat and dairy productsA second important source of food came from livestock such as sheep, goats, and cattle. Goat’s and sheep’s milk formed an important part of the biblical diet (Prov 27:27; Deut 32:14). However, as milk cannot be preserved for a long period of time without refrigeration, milk
Key passages
Ge 18:8

Then he took curds and milk, and the calf which he prepared, and set it before them. And he was standing by them under the tree while they ate.

Ex 34:26

The beginning of the firstfruits of your land you will bring to the house of Yahweh your God. You will not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

Dt 14:21

“You shall not eat any carcass; you may give it to the alien who is in your towns, and he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner, for you are a holy people for Yahweh your God; you may not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.

Dt 32:14

With curds from the herd, and with milk from the flock, with the fat of young rams, and rams, the offspring of Bashan, and with goats along with the finest kernels of wheat, and from the blood of grapes you drank fermented wine.

Jdg 5:25

He asked for water, and she gave milk; in a drinking bowl for nobles, she brought curds.

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