This paper considers the role of foodstuffs and their (non-)consumption in 4 Ezra. While foodstuffs figure prominently in 4 Ezra, no prior research has been conducted on food and 4 Ezra. The paper argues that both the narrative progression of the work and significant parts of 4 Ezra are expressed through foodstuffs.
StoneEzra178; for a comparison with the Genesis account see K. William Whitney Two Strange Beasts: Leviathan and Behemoth in Second Temple and Early Rabbinic Judaism (hsm 63; Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns 2006) 35-38.
See the discussion by StoneEzra73 123 198-99 259 266 286. This connection seems to be primary for 4 Ezra but see also the broader overview provided by Veronika Bachmann “Rooted in Paradise? The Meaning of the ‘Tree of Life’ in 1 Enoch 24-25 Reconsidered” jsp 19 (2009): 83-107 which may be applicable to 4 Ezra as well.
See StoneEzra266. See also Shannon Burkes “ ‘Life’ Redefined: Wisdom and Law in Fourth Ezra and Second Baruch” cbq 63 (2001): 55-71 (esp. 59-61) who argues that the new understanding that Ezra receives is an indication for a renewed giving of the Law so that Israel may keep it and live.