Baptist's locusts

Sun Nov 19 01:51:51 CST 1995

In a message dated 95-11-16 12:39:38 EST, fpeabody at SUNFLOWR.USD.EDU
(Frederick J. Peabody) writes:

> A few years ago I read
>some commentary (sorry, but I don't have the reference, but it was
>something like Plants of the Bible, or some such thing) that upheld the
>notion that insect locusts wewe, indeed, what was eaten by this messianic
>precursor and not the carob.

I believe the book refered to here is: "Plants of the Bible" by Michael
Zohary.  It was printed by Cambridge University Press in 1982. A discussion
of the carob tree can be found on page 63.  As I understand it, the author
did not seem at all very convinced that this was the "locust" eaten by John
the Baptist.


LuDean Marvin
lcmarvin at

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