A plant of the legume family cultivated widely in the Near East since prehistoric times. The small lens-shaped seeds are an especially nutritious food providing both protein and carbohydrates. The lentil was a common component of soups and stews (Gen 25:34) as well as a flour base for breads (Ezek 4:9).

Gen 25:34

34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Ezek 4:9

9And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them into one vessel, and make bread for yourself. During the number of days that you ... View more

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