My name is Adrienne Krone and I am a PhD student in American Religion at Duke University. I study Christianity, Islam and Judaism as they are practiced in America. I am particularly interested in the role of food production, preparation and consumption in religious communities. I am using this blog to record some early research but mostly to gather feedback and new ideas to inspire my project. Feel free to contact me with comments, concerns and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why American Manna? According to the Book of Exodus, Manna is an edible substance that God provided for the Israelites as they wandered in the desert after their escape from bondage in Egypt. The Book of Exodus described manna as “a fine flaky substance” (Exodus 16:14)*, and noted that “it was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey” (Exodus 16:31). Manna sustained the Israelites during their forty years in the desert. The Qur’an mentions manna three times as the substance that sustained the Israelites in the desert and described manna as pure and wholesome (20:80-81)**. There are disagreements about what exactly manna was and there are similar disagreements in religious communities in America today about how to properly sustain bodies and souls. This blog explores the sustenance debates and prescriptions of America’s religious communities.
*Biblical quotations are from The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha (2001).
**Qur’anic description is from The Qur’an with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English by Ali Unal (2008).