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“Food Of Angels” (Wis 16:20)

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In the third, probably central part of its Relecture of the Exodus events the Book of Wisdom confronts the hailstone plague with the Manna miracle. Hereby the Book of Wisdom creatively develops the Exodus narratives. One of the most interesting motifs of this chapter is the idea that God fed his people in the desert with a "food of angels". This chapter addresses the following questions: if the fact that the Mannah "does not belong to the world of our everyday lives" is not already stated in Wis 16:20b; does the expression "food of angels" not point to something more than the words "bread sent down from heaven"do; and what ideas of a "food of angels" does the text itself contain and how can they be imbedded in their receptive historical context.

Keywords: Book of Wisdom; food of angels; Manna miracle; Wis 16:20

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