"Jesus` Sabbath Dispute with Pharisees in a Cornfield"

By David Instone -Brewer, (Jerusalem Perspective, 2007) (online)

Why did Jesus quote the story of David eating the Bread of the Presence to show that disciples could eat plucked wheat on a Sabbath? Eating a handful of corn was allowed on a Sabbath, and what concerned the Pharisees was eating the one part in a hundred which was the priest's tithe within the handful of corn. So Jesus pointed out that David also ate food intended only for priests.

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