Ezekiel 4:9 Bread

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Finding bread in a regular grocery store that doesn’t have honey or high fructose corn syrup in it can be a pain. Pretty much every vegan has wandered the bread aisle, frustrated at how difficult it is to find bread that doesn’t have a load of extra junk added to it. I’ve noticed a positive trend recently, though: it’s getting easier thanks to Ezekiel 4:9 bread.

For years, I’d seen Ezekiel bread in the freezer at the health food store, but never bothered to give it a second glance. Now, not only is the bread available in many regular old supermarkets, but so are english muffins, bagels, and even pasta and cereal. I finally gave it a shot recently and you know what? The stuff’s good.

What’s interesting is that the bread’s ingredients are based on a biblical verse:

Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, [according] to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.

Interestingly, when you combine these things, you get (according to Food for Life):

A complete protein is created that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs. In fact, the protein quality is so high, that it is 84.3% as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. There are 18 amino acids present in this unique bread – from all vegetable sources – naturally balanced in nature.

It doesn’t matter much to me where the idea came from, but I am glad that it’s getting so much easier to find a simple, healthy, vegan bread.

I’m also glad that Food for Life decided to bake bread following Ezekiel 4:9 and not one of the other nearby verses (and, in advance, I’m not making these up):

4:10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat [shall be] by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.

4:12 And thou shalt eat it [as] barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.

4:15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow’s dung for man’s dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.

It should be noted that there are slightly more palatable translations, but still… that’s a lot of dung talk!

[Edited to correct spelling of “Ezekiel.”]

21 Responses to “Ezekiel 4:9 Bread”

  1. Vance

    Yo, Ryan, if you’re gonna write about a religiously-named product, you should get the religious name right. I mean, the “El” at the end of Ezekiel only refers to “God,” after all.

  2. ryan

    Oops. I thought God’s name was “Al.” My bad. :)

  3. selina

    I’ve seen Ezekiel 4:9 bread in the supermarkets frozen aisle. I haven’t bought it yet though. I always get the bread from the Bakery there (yes, it’s vegan & only has 5 ingredients). Glad to here the bread is good though. I might just have to splurge & buy it sometime.

    An thank goodness there is no dung bread.

  4. Shananigans

    I love their burger buns with sesame seeds. It’s actually a good solid coating of seeds, not just a sprinkle.

    Not enough dung found in food preparation these days, IMO.

  5. Chris

    Having bought this stuff for a couple years (after buying all different types of whole grain breads), there’s another really odd (but nice) feature… it stays fresh (i.e. non-moldy) a really long time. Most low preservative, whole grain products can and will go bad pretty quickly. No idea why, but Ezekiel 4:9 stays good for quite a while.

    Just an odd observation.

  6. Charlie

    Do you think this hearty bread would make a good bread pudding?? I am obsessed with the bread pudding from Veganomicon (it’s great even without the banana or chocolate chips!).

  7. Sara

    I used to eat Ezekiel’s a lot but it would go bad too quickly for me. My boyfriend still buys it fairly often, but he keeps it in the refridgerator. (I don’t like cold bread!). Luckily I have a lot of other choices at my local grocer, including Dave’s Killer Bread. (http://www.daveskillerbread.com/flashy/indexflash.shtml)

  8. Hanna Honeypot

    I saw Ezekiel in some markets… it was frozen, and I decided not to buy it, I didn’t know that it is such an interesting food :-)
    Do you know is it health-giving for common people, non vegetarians?
    Thanks

  9. Jeanne

    I hope you all realise that passage in the bible refers to dung as an energy source wherewith to bake the bread. You burn the dung for fuel… it really amazes me how many people misconstrue that scripture. Kind of makes you wonder how many other passages are read wrong… hmmm.

  10. cassy

    They couldn’t go to the store and buy a bag of coal as we do today. Cow dung was used as coal in those days. Cow dung is just compressed grass anyway.

  11. poopoolarson

    In my Bible(Revised Standard version) it says the bread should be baked “On” human dung.

    I took it to mean that you should make a flat dish or platter out of human dung and then place the dough on top of it, then put it in the oven and voila!

  12. donald milligab

    The practice in desert areas quite void of fire wood was and still is to cook or .use as fuel, with cow,as well as other grass eating animal dung. God’s name was known, as early as moses time was, “he causes to become” or yhwh now known to be “yaweh”or in english,

  13. John North of L.A.

    I’ve recently discovered this bread. It’s great. I see that the bakery is in (or originally was in) Glendale, CA. I’m wondering how natioinal a phenomenon this is. I mean, cause like, this bread is now available in lots of places here in So Cal. (my loaves seem to be keeping very well, too. I was wondering about the preservative content. Mine’s not frozen, but the inner bag is oddly puffed up when I buy it – I suppose I could research such things myself, I’m just wondering if anyone else might know already.) (Oh yeah, and I already knew about the dung-as-fuel thing. But it’s great for a laugh in modern English speaking circles, provided everyone is actually informed about what is actually the situation. Still, it does remind me of a Vietnamese restaurant that used to be located in West Tokyo, called “My Dung,” and of course, there is a perfectly normal Vietnamese name behind the unfortunate way the name is rendered into English, I’m sure.

  14. Stacy

    Hallelujah! I have been a HUGE fan of this bread for a long time now…it is a GREAT bread!!

  15. Dee in Guam

    I love love love Ezekiel bread! My favorite is the cinnamon raisin! I also noticed in refrigerator stays fresh and non moldy long time. I always toast mine but that’s just how I like it. I am a non vegan who came from a family of fun loving hippies in Oregon and love to nourish my body is healthy, clean, whole foods and EZ bread is a staple I recommend highly to any clean eater or vegan out there! Yay for healthy lifestyles around the world. <3

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  20. John- humble before the Lord

    The Bible is God’s word, and it means what it says. If you believe God is good, you must believe he means what he says. It is bordering on heresy for the makers of Ezekiel bread to produce this product, with the scriptural name and all, and not use God’s recipe, complete with the manure fired hearth.

    To do as these cherry pickers are doing is to spit in the face of God- I dare say I trust His Word more than some bread makers, and just as I wouldn’t drink communion fruit punch, and wouldn’t treat leprosy with a turkey carcass, I wouldn’t put myself above God and patronize some company that only wants to pick and choose what part of God’s word they think is good enough for them.

    This is my opinion on the matter.

    Yours in Christ,
    John

  21. Alan

    Hey John (humble before the Lord).
    You are just another religious idiot. No need to reply as I will just repeat my message. If you need to preach, go to church!

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