One engaged in the process of preparing bread and other food in ovens. Although baking was a normal daily activity of women engaged in the preparation of meals, the specialized profession of baker developed in urban centers. (Jer 37:21) speaks of a “street of the bakers,” where those engaged in this trade must have had their shops. In (Gen 40), the chief baker and cup bearer of Pharaoh, important functionaries at court, are imprisoned with Joseph. In (1Sam 8:13), when Samuel details the abuses of royal power that will obtain in monarchical Israel, he says, “[The king] will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.”

Jer 37:21

21So King Zedekiah gave orders, and they committed Jeremiah to the court of the guard; and a loaf of bread was given him daily from the bakers' street, until al ... View more

Gen 40

The Dreams of Two Prisoners
1Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker offended their lord the king of Egypt.2Pharaoh was angry wit ... View more

1Sam 8:13

13He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.

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