A theory, widely attributed to Meir Shalev (as Dr. Dafna Hirsh had commented, the writer and journalist Menahem Kapeliuk thought of it first), claims that hummus was first mentioned in the old testament.
On the first time Ruth and Boaz had met in Bethlehem, he offered her what seems to have been an ancient form of hummus: “And at meal-time Boaz said unto her, ‘Come hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar” (Ruth 2-14).
Vinegar is a slight mistranslation. The original word in ancient Hebrew is “Hometz” which not only sounds a bit like “Hummus”, but also resembles the word “Himtza”, the Hebrew name of chickpees.
True, “Hometz” in modern Hebrew is vinegar. But you don’t really think Boaz was so rude as to offer Ruth to dip her bread in vinegar, do you? Got to admit it’s more reasonable to think it was Hummus.