A day in Palestine: noon


Midday is the hottest time of the day, when the sun stands at its zenith. The Palestinian Arab used to say that at this time the sun “blinds the face, heats the eyes, and burns the man.”

Many people in the city had their main meal at noon. But the farmers and Bedouin usually only had a small meal at midday, often not eaten at home, but in the field. Sometimes this would consist of the leftovers from the previous day’s dinner; at other times only bread was eaten with a little something. Gustaf Dalman believes that it would have been similar in the ancient world, also arguing from Biblical passages, such Genesis 43:16 and Ruth 2:14. Under Greek and Roman influence, a main meal at noon would have become more common in Judea.

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