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LENTILS ( ‘Ã¥dâshîm . Genesis 25:34 , 2Sa 17:28 ; 2 Samuel 23:11 , Ezekiel 4:9 ). These are without doubt the Arab [Note: Arabic.] , ‘adas a kind of small reddish bean, the product of Ervum lens , a small leguminous plant 6 or 8 inches high, much cultivated in Palestine, and ripening in June or July. It is the bean from which the well-known revalenta , a food for invalids, is made. In Palestine a kind of ‘pottage’ known as mujedderah , universally popular, is made from it. It is of a reddish-brown colour, and is certainly the original ‘ red pottage ’ of Esau ( Genesis 25:30 ).

E. W. G. Masterman.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Lentils'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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