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Fleshpot, Flesh-Pot

FLESHPOT, FLESH-POT (סִ֣יר הַבָּשָׂ֔ר, meaning pot of flesh or meat). These pots were large metal kettles which were used for the cooking of meat. Other purposes for which the pots were used are the boiling of water and for washing.

The specific reference to fleshpots is found in Exodus 16:3 where the Israelites spoke about how well they fared in the land of Egypt. Their complaint includes the statement that in Egypt they “sat by the fleshpots and ate bread to the full.” Some scholars have felt this statement to be somewhat strange, since meat was not a part of the poor man’s diet. However, Numbers 11:4, 5 appear to indicate that fish also was considered as flesh.