Canaan was seen as a land flowing with milk and honey (Exod. 3: 8), and milk became a symbol for prosperity (Isa. 60: 16). Paul (1 Cor. 3: 2) and the letter to the Hebrews (5: 12) refer metaphorically to milk as elementary teaching at the beginning of Christian life; and converts are exhorted to crave uncontaminated milk, like new‐born babes (1 Pet. 2: 2), which may be an allusion to milk which was given immediately after baptism, mingled with honey—an echo of the Messianic age foretold by Isaiah (Isa. 7: 15). A cup of milk was also given to initiates in the pagan mystery rites.