Archive for March 18, 2007

The History of the Pretzel   1 comment

Steve was reading the box of some frozen pretzels that I got from Whole Foods yesterday.  They had written a history of the pretzel, which we further investigated.  Low and behold we found out some interesting facts about pretzels!  Here you go:

The History of the Pretzel

610 A.D.

An Italian monk, his name now lost to history, decided to reward his students by serving them baked scraps of leftover dough. He rolled and twisted the dough to resemble his students, who folded their arms across their chests when praying. After baking the dough to a golden brown, he called the finished product “pretiolas,” Latin for “little rewards.”

A good idea like this one didn’t take long to catch on – “pretiolas” spread throughout Europe and were considered a symbol of good luck, long life, and prosperity. German children, for instance, wore them around their necks to celebrate the New Year, and it wasn’t long before they began adorning the tops of Christmas trees.


A group of Turkish invaders sought to mount a sneak attack against the city of Vienna, Austria, by digging tunnels underneath the walls. But pretzel bakers heard the commotion, sounded the alarm, and grabbed their weapons to help fight off the attack. Their actions were rewarded with a seal that included a depiction of a pretzel.


The German tradition of eating pretzels during Good Friday dinner is introduced.

The classic pretzel’s three-hole shape begins to take form. The three holes represent the Christian trinity of “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,” and pretzels are thought to bring luck, prosperity, and spiritual wholeness.

The wedding phrase “tying the knot” got its start when a pretzel was used to tie the knot between two prominent families. The pretzel’s loops stood for everlasting love.

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Posted March 18, 2007 by Lana G! in Christianity, Food, History, Random

Rahab and The Spies   6 comments

RahabThe next woman listed in the Geneology of Jesus in Matthew 1 is Rahab.  Her story starts in Joshua chapter 2. Joshua sent two spies into Jericho and what better place to get the low down on a city than at the house of ill repute known as Rahab’s Rendezvous. There is no shying away from what kind of lifestyle Rahab is involved in in this story.  Pretty straight forward – Rahab the Prostitute.  But as we see in this story, Rahab is a clever and wise woman who will risk her life in an act of faith that will change her life forever.

The following is from a book called Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler:

As well as entertaining locals, Rahab welcomed guests from various caravans whose routes crisscrossed Jericho. Men from all over the East brought news of a swarm of people encamped east of the Jordan.  Rahab heard marvelous stories about the exploits of the God of the Israelites. How he had dried up the Red Sea so they could escape their Egyptian slave masters. How he had given them victory in battle against Sihon and Og, two kings of the Amorites. For forty years the God of the Israelites had trained and toughened them in the desert. Such rumors spread fear in Jericho.

 The spies show up at her door and she hides them.  Later that day the king sends messangers asking her about her visitors.  Rahab lies and says that yes they came but  left and if they hurry they can probably catch them.  The messangers have no reason to doubt Rahab’s word.  She is probably considered a prominent business woman in the community.  A community that is pretty scared of these Israelites and their God.

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Posted March 18, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Bible Study, Christianity, Faith, Geneology, Jesus