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Bread is a basic food, a staple part of the daily diet in many countries. It can also have spiritual significance. Jesus tells his followers to ask God for 'daily bread' in the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:11). There are many examples of God making bread miraculously available, such as manna to the Israelites (Exodus 16:15) and bread to the 5000 (Mark 6:38-44). Symbolically, Jesus refers to himself as the 'bread of life' - i.e. all that is necessary to support a person - (John 6:35) and calls the bread he broke at the Last Supper 'my body, given for you' (Luke 22:19).

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