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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Definitions for manna

  1. any sudden or unexpected help, advantage, or aid to success.
  2. the food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness. Ex. 16:14–36.
  3. divine or spiritual food.

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Citations for manna
… the check she was carrying was manna from heaven. It would giver her a few months' reserve until she landed another sale. Mary Higgins Clark, Silent Night, 1995
Fitzgerald thought of money as manna that falls upon the chosen whose very sense of grace carries them breezily through life. Richard Brody, "Why 'The Great Gatsby' Endures," The New Yorker, April 29, 2013
Origin of manna
900
The noun manna appears in Old English translations of the Bible, before 900. It comes from Late Latin, from Greek mánna, from Aramaic mannā, which in turn comes from Hebrew mān, of obscure origin (cf. Exodus 16:1–36; Numbers 11:1–9).