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How did the manna from heaven appear?

Natalya Safonova
Natalya Safonova
November 26, 2014
How did the manna from heaven appear?

Russian language is rich in various stable expressions. If you are interested in how the phrase "manna from heaven" arose, you should know that there are at least two versions of the origin of this phrase.

Biblical interpretation

According to the Bible, "manna from heaven" is food, or rather bread, which the Lord sent for 40 years to starving Jews expelled from Egypt. Manna at the same time looked like small white grains. Usually, biblical Jews collected manna in the morning (it disappeared under the rays of the sun). The old people tasted it like honey, children like butter, and young people like bread.

Another look at the origin of "manna"

Biologists believe that, perhaps, manna was understood as the frozen juice of a certain type of lichen or tree, which stood out in the morning. So, it is possible that the origin of the concept of manna may be quite natural.

The meaning of this idiom is to get some kind of gift, a blessing, as if "fallen from heaven", for nothing.


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