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|Manna as an environmental paradigm|
The biblical narrative of manna and its interpretation throughout the centuries illustrate several environmental principles, such as the prevention of wast and pollution and the avoidance of overconsumption, as well as durability and cleanliness. Religious, moral, and spiritual motifs are frequently intertwined and environmental ones. Jewish literature through the ages expresses diverse views on the nature of manna. It is viewed by some as material food given by G-d while by others as spiritual nourishment. The story of manna may be read as a biblical environmental text. The Jewish view of the environment differs, however, from that of modern environmental perception.