For forty years Moses led his group of Israelites through the toughest terrain the Earth has to offer. With limited food and water in an unforgiving desert, the end of Moses and his followers should have been imminent. But yet, as the book of Exodus describes, God gave the wanderers portions of Manna that replenished the weary travellers in the fullest sense. This manna saved the lives of all of the Israelites and allowed Moses to be seen as a holy man. Without the sudden appearance of this manna (bread) one can surmise that the entire world would be much different than it is today.
Manna is not only found in Exodus however, it also makes its appearance in the book of Numbers and even the Qur’ān. Along with these religious works, life saving bread is seen in many American works, including Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. In Huck Finn when Huck was in danger of starving while trying to stay hidden from those who were close on his tail, bread floated down the river and gave him aid in his time of need, much luck the manna that fell from the skies to replenish the starving Israelites.
- William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom, Bread is a peacemaker
- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, Giving bread is an act of kindness
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Bread is seen as unification for the family
- Leonardo Da Vinci, The Last Supper, Bread is the centerpiece and body of christ