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25 February, 2003 4:42 PM

Friday6pm just alerted me to this book that I'd not stumbled upon before - What Would Jesus Eat? Yep its a cookbook that is described as...

"Based on a biblical and historical study of what Jesus ate, as well as scientific research on why these particular foods are ideal for healthy living, What Would Jesus Eat? is the ultimate program for eating well in the twenty-first century. Now, this companion cookbook helps readers to creatively and practically incorporate these foods into their own diets."

With some of these things I don't even know where to start in responding to them! I'm sure the diet is great - but 'what would Jesus eat?' as its theme? Hmmm...perhaps we should do some research into the type of sandals he wore and release a line of foot ware to cash in on it, or perhaps we could research the type of hairstyle he had and start a new trend?! Why do they slap the name of Jesus on this diet? I have nothing against dieting - but maybe it would be more accurate to describe it as a '1st Century middle eastern diet', but then again it might not have sold as many copies.

Maybe I'm being pedantic?



Guess it means no more fast food, huh? :)

Rachel C » 25 February, 2003 7:02 PM

maybe not....

Lucky its not a 'What Would John the Baptist Eat' cookbook! Locust burgers for all!

Darren » 25 February, 2003 7:29 PM

If it reflected what Jesus told Moses we could eat maybe it would be quiet useful! We should remember that this God person is actually pretty smart, and knows what He's talking about.

Adrian » 26 February, 2003 9:49 AM

Darren, I think you're being a bit reactionary. I'm struck reading the gospel of Luke, how often the action centres around food. Food=ministry=kingdom. Eating is very important. So much so, that I'd love to write a sort of "postmodern" Bible commentary on Luke, complete with recipes.

I've blogged a bit about this.

steve » 26 February, 2003 6:13 PM

Lynne's famous mussels entree

into a saucepan place garlic, cream, white wine
add scrubbed mussels and shredded parsley
cook until mussels open
serve with crusty bread and friends
read about a rich fool who focused on preparation rather than the riches of life and laughter (Luke 12:13-21)

steve » 26 February, 2003 6:27 PM

Agreed Steve - I too think food is central to gospel and am actively working towards incorporating it into what we do with Living room meetings.

I think some writing on the implications of food in Jesus ministry would be great. I think it would be important work to do. I guess I'm just a bit suspicious about a cook book who seems to be claiming to be able to give a 'Jesus Diet'. I've no doubt its a good and healthy diet and that the recipies are nice too. Just a little warey of Christians slapping Jesus name on their products in order to get more sales.

Point taken though - probably a bit reactionary.

Darren » 26 February, 2003 10:47 PM

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