Random Quote #49 topic: hebraic, Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala

According to a recent discovery, which has been confirmed by
subsequent observation and experiment, wheat is a development by
cultivation of the tiny grain of the _AEgilops ovata_, a sort of
grass; but we are indebted to Rabbinic lore for the curious
information that before the Fall of man wheat grew upon a tree
whose trunk looked like gold, its branches like silver, and its
leaves like so many emeralds. The wheat ears themselves were as
red as rubies, and each bore five sparkling grains as white as
snow, as sweet as honey, and as fragrant as musk. At first the
grains were as big as an ostrich's egg, but in the time of Enoch
they diminished to the size of a goose's egg, and in Elijah's to
that of a hen, while at the commencement of the common era, they
shrank so small as not to be larger than grapes, according to a
law the inverse of the order of nature. Rabbi Yehudah
(_Sanhedrin_, fol. 70, col. 1) says that wheat was the forbidden
fruit. Hence probably the degeneracy.

Of two that quarrel, the one that first gives in shows the nobler

THE TALMUD, _Kethuboth_, fol. 71, col. 2.


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