Did you know that laws mentioned in the bible required farmers to leave parts of their fields unharvested for strangers, a practice that still exists in parts of the world
According to the Holiness Code and the Deuteronomic Code of the Torah, farmers should leave the corners of their fields unharvested, and they should not attempt to harvest any left-overs that had been forgotten when they had harvested the majority of a field. On one of the two occasions that this is mentioned by the Holiness Code, it adds that, in vineyards, some grapes should be left ungathered, an argument made also by the Deuteronomic Code.
These verses additionally argue that olive trees should not be beaten on multiple occasions, and whatever remains from the first set of beatings should be left. According to the Holiness Code, these things should be left for the poor and for strangers, and the Deuteronomic Code commands that it should be left for widows, strangers, and paternal orphans. The Book of Ruth features gleaning by the widow Ruth to provide for herself and Naomi, also a widow.
Jesus and his disciples practiced a form of gleaning as they walked through grain fields breaking off heads of wheat to eat.
The expectation to glean rather than beg, steal, or covet is a basis for Paul’s seemingly harsh injunction: “Whoever does not work, neither shall he eat.”II Thessalonians 3:10