Was the First Controlled Experiment Actually in the Bible?

One of the first - if not the very first - controlled experiments was actually described in the Bible. In the Book of Daniel, the prophet Daniel tested the effects of eating simply (a diet of pulse or lentils and other seeds) versus a kingly feast of meat and wine:

12Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

13Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.

14So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.

15And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.

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Well, since the Bible was written by a conglomerate of writers, most of whom were never actually involved directly in anything they write about, I think it's safe to say anything in the Bible is about as truthful as the Hobbit.

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Warning: I'm going to read into this a little too much:

It's not really a controlled experiment because there there was no control group.
Experiments like this one (two group pre-test/post/test designs) are occasionally performed today, but are minimally valid because of their lack of a control group.
It appears as though there was no random allocation too. So any outcomes could easily be due to other variables.
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This is like waving a red flag in front of a bull for the bible-bashers.

But I agree, it is presumptuous to call it the "first" just because it's in the Bible.

Actually, the first controlled experiment was with Adam and Eve and the apple.
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