A few years ago I came up with the idea for a popular science book based on my specialised subject, which is yeast molecular biology. I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between science and religion so the book is about how the microscopic world was viewed in the biblical era and aims to demonstrate the impact Christianity has had on science using yeast for illustrative purposes. My aim is to present these views impartially without presenting a negative view of religion. Although I don’t follow any particular religion, I’m a big fan of the new testament and love the way that Jesus used parables to describe philosophies of life. In fact, the book is focused on the parable of the leaven, which is one of my favourites.

Yeast cells stained with calcofluor white dye and observed under a fluorescent microscope. Newly budded cells take up less dye. Small rings on cell surfaces are budding scars.

This half-finished book has been festering on my computer for quite a few years now for a number of reasons. Firstly, I’m limited to views in the Bible because that is the only religious work I’m familiar with. Secondly, my style of writing is not that great so it takes me ages to edit everything. But mainly because … I’m really lazy. I have  done quite a lot of background reading though. I thought a way to cope with this creativity inertia would be to start a blog of the book and that way I can also insert links to Wikipedia and some images. I’m using fine art to illustrate most of the Biblical bits, as the copyright has expired and religion seems to have greatly influenced art too. When I’ve completed this, I will transform it into an ebook and publish it on WattPad or something similar. My conscience will be clear of it and it can fester away on some dark dusty cyber-shelf instead of my computer. I will of course acknowledge any person that may have contributed to its creation.

Biblical Plagues. Matthias Gerung, c1530


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  1. I think I have stumbled upon a piece to your puzzle. I have been studying health effects of milk kefir grains, which are a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, and legend is they are the biblical manna. When first beginning to regularly consume kefir, a die-off of candida albicans and other pathogenic yeast occurs. They refer to the as a Herx reaction. Candida is used by the body to lock environmental pollutants and heavy metals into fat. This causes one to feel ill. This would be another reason why the Jews would have refrained from yeast for seven days before fleeing Egypt.

    • That’s really interesting. I’ve just read a little about Kefir in Wiki. I didn’t even realize that any dairy products were consumed in the Biblical era. Maybe I could include some of that information in my book when I actually get round to finishing it.. I put it on my New Year Resolution list again this year. I want to include a lot more about Creation versus Evolution theory too.. how similarities between yeast and mammalian genomes could be use to support evolution theory though mutation, etc.

  2. Biblical manna may or may not have been dairy. Dairy would make sense. Isrealites were craving something more substantial and God provided quail. They had livestock with them, why not eat those? Were they consuming the milk? I am a person who studied the laws of Kosher eating and always asked, “Why?”. Tradition is not a good enough answer for me.
    There is another form of kefir that is non-dairy called tibicos. These were discovered by Aztec Indians from Mexico who’s legend says they were given to them by God when they wandered the desert for 120 years. Tibicos is still collected today, in the cool mornings, before the sun melts them. 🙂

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