That's pretty well my understanding, too, although I didn't know it might have
originated with the Elbionites -- I thought it was during the Middle Ages when
various Bibles mention it. But again, in the Greek New Testament the word for
locust is "akpides," from which we also get the modern word "cricket,"

Jim Cobabe wrote:

> Apparently an early Jewish/Christian sect who called themselves
> Ebionites claimed to have originated from the pre-Christian Nazarite
> discipline, and among other interesting things, argued that Jesus and
> John the Baptist were vegetarians.  Some believe the Locust/Carob
> controversy might have started with them. I understand that some
> communities of Jewish Essenes, such as those at Qumran, are also reputed
> to have practiced strict vegetarianism.  None of these stories are clear
> and unambiguous enough to be very conclusive, nor do I think it matters
> what John the Baptist ate, but it is certainly an entertaining bit of
> triva.
> ---
> Mij Ebaboc
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Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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