Synonyms

Faba vulgaris Moench.

FIGURE 1.118 Faba Bean (Viciafaba). Notes (Faba Bean):

Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse, And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

brought beds, basins, and earthen vessels, wheat, barley, meal, parched grain, beans and lentils, honey and curds and sheep and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat; for they said, "The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness."

[brought] beds and basins, and potter's vessels, and wheat and barley and flour and roasted grain, and broad beans and lentils, and parched grain and honey and butter and sheep and curds of cattle they brought forward for David and the people to eat; for they said, "The people are hungry and tired and thirsty in the wilderness."

Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.

Ezekiel 4:9 (KJV)

And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt, and put them into a single vessel, and make bread of them. During the number of days that you lie upon your side, three hundred and ninety days, you shall eat it.

Ezekiel 4:9 (RSV)

And as for you, take for yourself wheat and barley, and broad beans and lentils, and millet and spelt, and you must put them in one utensil, and make them into bread for you, for the number of days that you are lying upon your side, three hundred and ninety days you shall eat it.

Ezekiel 4:9 (NWT)

So ancient is this vegetable that is recorded by Pliny. Even today, broadbeans are cultivated in biblical countries, especially Egypt, because of their many uses, not only as vegetable, and pulse, but also as breadstuff. Beans have been found in the Neolithic of Jericho, where they are cultivated to this day. According to Zohary, the plant is nowhere found in the wild, suggesting that the wild ancestor is extinct. In ancient days, beans were used in collecting votes from the people; a white bean signifying approval of the measure proposed; a black one meaning condemnation. Magistrates were elected by casting beans; maybe that is where we got the term "bean-counters" (BIB; ZOH).

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