|Manna up-close (left) and a valley
full of manna (right)
SINAI PENINSULA, EGYPT – In a startling new discovery that is turning
the heads of biblical scholars and skeptics alike, manna—a nondescript
bread-like eatable—has reportedly been found covering the ground
each morning in a dry and desolate region outside of Serabit El-Khadem.
Hossam Almeleh, an anthropology student at the University of Cairo, was
conducting a research project with Dr. Daunis Abadi and two of his classmates
when he stumbled upon a 27-acre desert flat completely covered with a
white bread-like substance.
"I had only walked over a knoll a few feet from our camp to relieve
myself when there it was," Almeleh explained. "At first, it
looked like a salt-flat, which also would've been strange for this
region, but then I saw people putting the white substance into baskets
and others were eating it. 'That's gross!,' I thought."
Locals from a small village nearby told reporters through a translator
that the substance is food and they had been gathering and eating it each
day for weeks.
While most people are only concerned with the cause of these events,
some locals, who are the beneficiaries of the acres of manna, haven't
changed their attitudes in thousands of years.
"This sucks!" grumbled Josai, a farmer's son. "Since
this crap is free my parents barely let us eat anything else!" He
added, "Me and my brother even have to gather it for them!"
Many people throughout the village share Josai's perspective and wish
it would just go away. One woman lamented, "If I have to eat these
stupid honey wafers for forty days, let alone forty years, I think I'll
Furthermore, and to the Almighty's dismay, even a local vegan group refuses
to eat the manna, based on their uncertainty as to whether or not the
divine gift contains eggs. Some members, who presume the bread does contain
eggs, are leading demonstrations and petitioning other townsfolk to "not
eat from God's plate of animal cruelty."
This story is gaining the attention of biblical scholars worldwide who
claim it is further and irrefutable evidence that God indeed performs
miracles and that the Old Testament accounts of Moses and the Israelites
Dr. William F. Kraiser Jr. (The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable
and Relevant? - Intervarsity Press, 2001) is elated by the news. "This
is an incredible thing that is going on in the Sinai, but I must say that
I'm not completely surprised. God has been working here on earth throughout
history and this is simply another example if His divine hand." His
In a similar response, Brother David Paul—a 20th century prophet—confidently
said, "One thing is for certain—this is no mere coincidence
or natural anomaly. God is at work here." He added, "I actually
predicted that something like this would happen sometime around now. I
wasn't sure of all the little details, but I knew it would happen."
Churches across the United States celebrated after hearing what many
are calling a sure sign of God's existence. Likewise, intercessors
everywhere are rejoicing and many claim that this miracle must be the
direct result of their frequent prayers for the "unknown needs of
Not everyone is convinced, though. Skeptics of this story are speaking
out, and may even have a louder voice than that of the story's supporters.
Dr. Martin Bleamer of Vanderbilt University is doubtful. He has been
onsite in recent days studying the events in an attempt to explain this
mystery. He comments, "Our goal right now is to reverse engineer
a recipe for the bread so we can pinpoint its origin and maybe even patent
Dr. Bleamer is confident that his research will discount any possibility
that God intervened, but his team is running into some minor difficulties.
Roger Block, his assistant, explains, "We've tried numerous
times to transport the substance back to our lab at Vanderbilt so we can
perform more in-depth experiments, but each time by the next morning the
sample is smelly and full of maggots—no matter how well we preserve
Sharing the doubtful sentiment, biblical scholar Dr. John D. Crossan
believes the story is a fabrication or a hoax. "This is just another
'tears of Mary' ploy to convince the witless that God actually
performs miracles. I mean, c'mon, a crying statue? What's
It's the apparent pointlessness, as suggested by Crossan, that
has many onlookers puzzled. Even some locals are confused.
Exodus 16 in the Old Testament tells a story of how God sent manna from
heaven each morning to feed the Israelites for 40 years. "This is
what I don't understand," exclaims a local English-speaking
leader. "The Lord originally sent manna because the Israelites were
starving in the desert! Our village has been well fed for years, especially
since 1999 when we launched our e-Commerce Web site to increase our trade
in the global economy." He added, "Most of the time we just
eat the manna as a side-dish—you know, to dip in gravy and stuff
like that. Mmmm."