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Feature Christmas 2014: In Love and War

Don’t look away now

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 16 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7622

Land of Milk and Honey

Scripture is epic poetry about religious conflicts in the Middle East that involve land, water, crops, harvest, food, and diet. So perhaps scripture is an arable parable and alimentary allegory, in which “Middle East” is a homonym for “middle’s eats” (stomach’s food), and the "Land of Milk and Honey" is a metaphor for nutrition (milk) versus addiction (honey). Since addiction causes craving, frustration, anger, and violence, perhaps the "religious conflicts" in the Middle East are really dietary, and the Peace Table needs a new menu.

Competing interests: No competing interests

27 December 2014
Hugh Mann
New York, USA