Bible Terms

Bible Term: Leaven

Leaven is a food ingredient that causes dough to rise via fermentation. Yeast is a common leavening ingredient.

Use of the word leaven is found mostly in the Books of Moses in the Old Testament, whereas yeast is used throughout the Bible.

See the entry for yeast for more information about the symbolic meaning of leaven and yeast, us well as unleavened.

Key verse about Leaven: Burn leavened bread as a thank offering and brag about your freewill offerings— boast about them, you Israelites, for this is what you love to do,” declares the Sovereign Lord (Amos 4:5, NIV).

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