Daniel (6th century BCE)

The Book of Daniel, Chapter 1:1-16.
When the children of Israel were captives in Babylon, they were required to eat Babylonian food. They asked if instead they could have a vegetarian diet. Comparing the children of Israel with the Babylonian youths suggested that the vegetarian diet was healthier.

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The editors are grateful to:

Professor Micky Weingarten, Tel Aviv University, for providing the image of the Hebrew text;

and, Dr David Grimes, and to Professor James Scott, Editor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, for permission to attach the commentary by David Grimes.

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