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The Bible Says 'Manna' Fell From Heaven But Is It Possible That It Was Simply a Result of Nature?

In the English language. as well as other languages around the world, certain titles originate from many other more ancient languages. For instance, in the English language, there are certain words that we use colloquially in English that actually originated from sacred texts. For example, when we refer to the term, or location, Mecca. We are referring to the ancient Arabian city, which is mentioned twice in the Quran and today serves as a pilgrimage site for millions. In that same regard, we can look at the word "Karma," which is a word from the ancient Hindu ideology represented in that religion's sacred scriptures. 

There are so many other phrases and words in the English language that we often use, words that find their roots in religious texts, especially in the Biblical Old Testament. For example, the phrase Adam Apple, which is often used to describe the seam in the neck cartilage that is prominent in males. The idea came from the myth that attributes the bump to the bite of the forbidden apple that Adam consumed in the Garden of Eden. Then we have the phrase the good Samaritan" which is actually from the Biblical New Testament, from one of the many parables of Jesus, describing someone who does good deeds. 


There is also another one of such famous word, the word Manna and in its phrase, it is said to be manna from Heaven," referring to an unexpected gift given by someone who one sometimes least expect to satisfy one's need at the right time. Below, we will be looking at what the word originally means and the narrative that led to its usage. 


MANNA WAS THE OLD TESTAMENT VERSION OF EMERGENCY FOOD RATIONS; the word Manna, made its first appearance in the Old Testament of the Bible, in Exodus 16. The scene was the period when the Israelites walked in the deserts with Moses as their leader, after their time of Slavery in Egypt. However, while in the desert they faced starvation and in response, God sent an emergency food from heaven. 

So basically, what this means is that manna is some sort of emergency, Miracle food that was used to serve all of their Israelites nutritional needs. As described in the book of Exodus, in its 16th chapter, Manna is described to be some sort of flaky substance that appeared in the early hours of the morning, perhaps like frost. In another chapter, the miracle food is described as some sort of a resin which was then pounded into cakes and baked, producing tasty oily bread, as described in Numbers 11. 


When they first got the miracle food, after a long time in the desert, the Israelites, as many humans will be, were puzzled. What was this? They asked each other. They were confused as to what to do with it and about it (Exodus 16:15). Infact there curiosity became the very basis for the name of the substance. The word, manna when translated to English, means "What is It," well, in the original Hebrew word. 


So let's try to answer the question of what this Manna is? Unfortunately, ancient Israelites had no idea what this substance was, so it is quite difficult for modern scientists and Biblical scholars to determine what it is either. 

However, some believe that it might just be resin that was secreted by several plants and shrubs which are native to the Middle East. There are certain trees that many have in mind, trees like Tamarisk Tree have always been a good candidate when this discussion put to the test since the tree is high in sugar and similar to wax, similar to the description of what Manna in the Bible tasted like. Though there is another theory, this theory is from The Atlas Obscura and it suggests that insect secretion that solidified into globules and has been used both as food and medicine. Perhaps the insect that first comes to mind is a Linchen known as Lecanlra esculent which, in some parts of Asia, can grow several inches thick. 


Though Lytton Musselman, a professor of Botany who has written several books in biblical plants, doesn't subscribe to the idea that Manna is as a result of the Lichen. He claims that the taste and flavors are enough to gag a maggot. He also interestingly noted that it is difficult attaching scientific validity to Biblical Accounts of a miracle. In his words, "It's very difficult to research things that fall from heaven."

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