Jesus depicted transforming water into wine. Maerten de Vos, The Marriage at Cana, c. 1597, Cathedral of our Lady, Antwerp, Belgium.

Alcoholic beverages appear in the Hebrew Bible, after Noah planted a vineyard and became inebriated. In the New Testament, Jesus miraculously made copious amounts of wine[1] at the wedding at Cana (John 2). Wine is the most common alcoholic beverage mentioned in biblical literature, where it is a source of symbolism,[2] and was an important part of daily life in biblical times.[2][3][4] Additionally, the inhabitants of ancient Israel drank beer and wines made from fruits other than grapes, and references to these appear in scripture.[5] However, the alcohol content of ancient alcoholic beverages was significantly lower than modern alcoholic beverages.[6][7][8] The low alcohol content was due to the limitations of fermentation and the nonexistence of distillation methods in the ancient world.[9][6] Rabbinic teachers wrote acceptance criteria on consumability of ancient alcoholic beverages after significant dilution with water, and prohibited undiluted wine.[7]

In the early 19th Century the Temperance Movement began. Evangelical Christians became prominent in this movement, and while previously almost all Christians had a much more relaxed attitude to alcohol, today many evangelical Christians abstain from alcohol. Bible verses would be intepreted in a way that encouraged abstinence, for example 1 Corinthians 10:21, which states, "You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too..."

Historically however, the main Christian interpretation [10] of biblical literature displays an ambivalence toward drinks that can be intoxicating, considering them both a blessing from God that brings joy and merriment and potentially dangerous beverages that can be sinfully abused.[11][12][13][14] The relationships between Judaism and alcohol and Christianity and alcohol have generally maintained this same tension, though some modern Christian sects, particularly American Protestant groups around the time of Prohibition, have rejected alcohol as evil. The original versions of the books of the Bible use several different words for alcoholic beverages: at least 10 in Hebrew, and five in Greek. Drunkenness is discouraged and occasionally portrayed, and some biblical persons abstained from alcohol. Wine is used symbolically, in both positive and negative terms. Its consumption is prescribed for religious rites or medicinal uses in some places.


Biblical literature uses several words in its original languages to refer to different types of alcoholic beverages. Some of these words have overlapping meaning, particularly the words in the Hebrew language compared to the words in Koine Greek, the language of both the Septuagint and the New Testament. While some deuterocanonical books may have been originally written in Hebrew or the Aramaic language, some were written in Greek. Hence, the meanings of the words used for alcoholic beverages in each of these languages has bearing on alcohol in the Bible.


The Hebrew Bible was largely written in Biblical Hebrew, with portions in Biblical Aramaic, and has an important Ancient Greek translation called the Septuagint. The modern Hebrew Bible, which generally follows the Masoretic Text, uses several words to represent alcoholic beverages:

Hebrew Transliteration Strong's no. Instances in OT Biblical appearances Meaning[15] Greek equivalent(s)
יין yayin 3196 140 [16][17] the common word translated "wine"[18] oinos (see below), gleukos[19] (see below).
תירוש tirosh 8492 38 [20][21] properly "must"; sometimes rendered as "wine," "new wine," or "sweet wine." It can represent juice at any stage in the fermentation process,[2] and in some places it "represents rather wine made from the first drippings of the juice before the winepress was trodden. As such it would be particularly potent."[22] oinos (most references; see below),[23] methusma[24] (once; see below)
שכר shekar 7941 23 [25][26] "strong drink"; "denotes any inebriating drink with about 7–10 percent alcoholic content, not hard liquor, because there is no evidence of distilled liquor in ancient times.... It was made from either fruit and/or barley beer";[5] the term can include wine,[27] but generally it is used in combination with it ("wine and strong drink") to encompass all varieties of intoxicants[28] sikera (see below),[29] methê ("strong drink, drunkenness"),[30] methusma (see below), oinos (see below)
חמר chemer, corresponding to the Aramaic chamar 2561, 2562 7 [31][32] "wine"; the word "conveys the idea of 'foaming,' as in the process of fermentation, or when poured out. It is derived from the root hamar, meaning 'to boil up'"[18] oinos (see below),[33] methê ("strong drink, drunkenness")[30]
עסיס 'asis 6071 5 [34][35] "sweet wine" or "new wine", the vintage of the current year with intoxicating power[18] glukasmos ("sweetness, sweet wine"),[36] methê ("strong drink, "drunkenness"),[30] nama, oinos neos ("new wine")[37][38]
חמץ chomets 2558 6 [39][40] vinegar, which was made from wine or other fermented beverage and used as a condiment or, when mixed with water, a slightly intoxicating drink[41][42][43] oxos (see below),[33] omphax ("unripe or sour grape"),[44]
שמר shemar, (pl: shemarim) 8105 5 [45][46] lees or dregs of wine; "wine that has been kept on the lees, and therefore old wine"[18] ("if [the wine] were designed to be kept for some time a certain amount of lees was added to give it body")[47] oinos (see below), trugias ("full of lees")[48][49]
סבא sobhe 5435 3 [50][51] drink, liquor, wine oinos (see below)[52]
ממסך mamsak and mesekh 4469, 4538 3 [45][53] "mixed drink," "mixed wine," "drink-offering;" the word is "properly a mixture of wine and water with spices that increase its stimulating properties."[18] kerasma ("mixture")[54][55]
מזג mezeg 4197 1 [56] "mixture", "mixed wine" krama ("mixture, especially mixed wine")[57][58]


The New Testament (Koine Greek) and Septuagint Greek words:

Greek Transliteration Strong's no. Instances in NT Biblical appearances Meaning[59] Hebrew equivalent(s)
οίνος oinos 3631 33 NT[60] and Septuagint the common word translated "wine" in the New Testament and Septuagint.[18][61] (corresponding to masoretic yayin,[62] tirosh,[63] chemer,[64] shekar,[65] sobhe,[66] shemarim,[67] and 'asis[68])[69]
οἶνον νέον oinon neon 3631, 3501 8 NT[70] and Septuagint[35] new wine – it was put into new wine-skins and both were preserved. 'asis[71]
γενήματος τῆς ἀμπέλου genematos tes ampelou 1081 3588 288 3 NT and Septuagint "fruit of the vine" – the only New Testament term to describe the contents of the cup at the Last Supper. pri ha'gafen[72]
γλευκος gleukos 1098 1 NT[73] and Septuagint[74] "sweet wine" (sometimes rendered "new wine"), a beverage mentioned to be intoxicating in Acts 2:13.[18][75][76] yayin,[77] mathaq, mamtaq (for "fresh" water, sweet).
όξος oxos 3690 7 NT[78] and Septuagint[79] vinegar, sour wine; could be made from grape wine or other fermented beverages; when mixed with water, it was a common, cheap drink of the poor and of the Roman army[42][43][80][81] chomets[82]
σίκερα sikera 4608 1 NT[83] and Septuagint[84][85] a Hebrew loanword from shekar meaning "strong drink."[86] shekar
μέθυσμα methusma Septuagint only an intoxicating drink[87] (corresponding to masoretic tirosh on a single occasion,[88] and to shekar on all others[89])[90]
οἰνοπότης oinopotes 3630 2 NT and Septuagint "a wine drinker" (oinos, and potes, "a drinker"), is used in Matthew 11:19; Luke 7:34. In the Sept., Proverbs 23:20.[91] sawbaw yayin[92]

Alcoholic content of beverages in the ancient world

Yayin and oinos (which in the Septuagint also often translates most of the Hebrew words for alcoholic beverages listed above)[2][93] are commonly translated "wine", but the two are also rarely, and perhaps figuratively or anticipatorily,[94] used to refer to freshly pressed non-alcoholic juice. For this reason, prohibitionist and some abstentionist Christians object to taking the default meaning to be fermented beverages,[citation needed] but others argue that the words can also refer to alcoholic beverages.[11][95][96][97][98][99][100]

After the conquest of Palestine by Alexander the Great, the Hellenistic custom of diluting wine had taken hold such that the author of 2 Maccabees speaks of diluted wine as "a more pleasant drink" and of both undiluted wine and unmixed water as "harmful" or "distasteful."[101]

Alcoholic wine in the ancient world was significantly different than modern wines in that it had much lower alcohol content and was consumed after significant dilution with water (as attested by even other cultures surrounding Israel), thus rendering its alcoholic content negligible by modern standards.[6][102][8] The low alcohol content was due to the limitations of fermentation in the ancient world.[9][6] From the Mishnah and Talmuds, the common dilution rate for consumption by Jews was 3 parts water to 1 part wine (3:1 dilution ratio).[6] Wine in the ancient world had a maximum possible alcohol content of 11-12 percent before dilution and once diluted, the alcohol content was reduced to 2.75 or 3 percent.[6] Estimates of the wine of regional neighbors like the Greeks have dilution of 1:1 or 2:1 which place the alcohol content between 4-7 percent.[102]

The adjective “unmixed” (ἄκρατος) is used in the ancient texts to designate undiluted wine, but the New Testament never uses this adjective to describe the wine consumed by Jesus or the disciples, or to describe the wine approved for use in moderation by Christians.[7] Though ancient rabbis opposed the consumption of undiluted wine as a beverage, they taught that it was useful as a medicine.[7]

Common dilution ratios from the ancient world were compiled by Athenaus of Naucratis in Deipnosophistae (Banquet of the Learned; c. AD 228):[103]

Ancient source Dilution Ratio (Water:Wine)
Homer 20:1
Pliny 8:1
Alexis 4:1
Hesiod 3:1
Ion 3:1
Nichochares 5:2
Aristophanes 2:1 or 3:1
Anacreon 2:1
Diocles 2:1

Biblical references

Ancient wine press in Israel with the pressing area in the center and the collection vat off to the bottom left

The many biblical references to wine are both positive and negative, real and symbolic, descriptive and didactic.[104] Both archaeological evidence and written records indicate the significant cultivation of grapes in ancient Israel and the popularity of wine-drinking. The production capacity apparent from archaeological remains and the frequent biblical references to wine suggest that it was the principal alcoholic beverage of the ancient Israelites.[105]


Easton's Bible Dictionary states: "The sin of drunkenness ... must have been not uncommon in the olden times, for it is mentioned either metaphorically or literally more than seventy times in the Bible",[18][106] though some suggest it was a "vice of the wealthy rather than of the poor".[107] Biblical interpreters generally agree that the Hebrew and Christian scriptures condemn ordinary drunkenness as a serious spiritual and moral failing[108] in passages such as these (all from the New International Version):

The Drunkenness of Noah by Giovanni Bellini

The consequences of the drunkenness of Noah and Lot "were intended to serve as examples of the dangers and repulsiveness of intemperance."[3] The title character in the Book of Judith uses the drunkenness of the Assyrian general Holofernes to behead him in a heroic victory for the Jewish people and an embarrassing defeat for the general, who had schemed to seduce Judith.

One of the original sections of 1 Esdras describes a debate among three courtiers of Darius I of Persia over whether wine, the king, or women (but above all the truth) is the strongest. The argument for wine does not prevail in the contest, but it provides a vivid description of the ancients' view of the power wine can wield in excessive quantity.

A disputed but important passage is Proverbs 31:4–7:

4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

Some Christians assert that alcohol was prohibited to kings at all times, while most interpreters contend that only its abuse is in view here.[109][110][111][112] Some argue that the latter instructions regarding the perishing should be understood as sarcasm when compared with the preceding verses,[113] while others contend the beer and wine are intended as a cordial to raise the spirits of the perishing,[111][112] while some suggest that the Bible is here authorizing alcohol as an anesthetic.[114] Moreover, some suggest that the wine ("vinegar" or "sour wine") which Roman soldiers offered to Jesus at his crucifixion[115] was also intended as an anesthetic.[116][117]

Sacrifices and feasts

Further information: Sacramental wine

The Hebrew scriptures prescribed wine for use in festal celebrations and sacrificial rituals.[18] In particular, fermented wine was presented daily as a drink offering, as part of the first Fruits offering, and as part of various supplementary offerings. Wine was kept in the Temple in Jerusalem,[118] and the king had his own private stores.[119] The banquet hall was called a "house of wine,"[120] and wine was used as the usual drink at most secular and religious feasts, including feasts of celebration[121] and hospitality,[122] tithe celebrations,[123] Jewish holidays such as Passover, and at burials.

The Last Supper by Simon Ushakov, 1685. Jesus holds a chalice containing wine.

The first miracle of Jesus' public ministry was transforming water into fine wine at a wedding in Cana.[124] Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper, which took place at a Passover celebration, and set apart the bread and "fruit of the vine"[96][125][126][127][128] that were present there as symbols of the New Covenant. Saint Paul later chides the Corinthians for becoming drunk on wine served at their celebrations of the Lord's Supper.[129]

Bringer of joy

The Bible also speaks of wine in general terms as a bringer and concomitant of joy, particularly in the context of nourishment and feasting, e.g.:

Ben Sira discusses the use of wine in several places, emphasizing joy, prudence, and common sense.

Vows and duties

Certain persons were forbidden in the Hebrew Bible to partake of wine because of their vows and duties. Kings were forbidden to abuse alcohol lest their judgments be unjust. It was forbidden to priests on duty, though the priests were given "the finest new wine" from the first fruits offerings for drinking outside the tabernacle and temple.

The Nazirites excluded as part of their ascetic regimen not only wine, but also vinegar, grapes, and raisins, though when Nazirites completed the term of their vow they were required to present wine as part of their sacrificial offerings and could drink of it. While John the Baptist adopted such a regimen, Jesus did not during his three years of ministry.[131]

The Rechabites, a sub-tribe of the Kenites, vowed never to drink wine, live in houses, or plant fields or vineyards, not because of any "threat to wise living" from the latter [Prov. 20:1] practices, but because of their commitment to a nomadic lifestyle by not being bound to any particular piece of land.[11] The Rechabites's strict obedience to the command of their father "not to drink wine" [Jer. 35:14] is commended and is contrasted with the failure of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Judah to listen to their God.

During the Babylonian captivity, Daniel and his fellow Jews abstained from the meat and wine given to them by the king because they saw it as defiling in some way, though precisely how these would have defiled the Jews is not apparent in the text. A later passage implies that Daniel did drink wine at times, though it may not have been the king's. Similarly, Judith refused the Assyrian general's wine, though she drank wine from the stores she brought with her.

Christians are instructed regarding abstinence and their duty toward immature Christians: "All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall."[132]

Symbolism and metaphor

The commonness and centrality of wine in daily life in biblical times is apparent from its many positive and negative metaphorical uses throughout the Bible.[133][134] Positively, free wine is used as a symbol of divine grace, and wine is repeatedly compared to intimate love in the Song of Solomon. Negatively, wine is personified as a mocker ("[t]he most hardened apostate" in the Book of Proverbs whose chief sin is pride)[135] and beer a brawler (one who is "mocking, noisy, and restless").[11]

Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek by Dieric Bouts the Elder

Additionally, the chosen people and kingdom of God are compared to a divinely owned vine or vineyard in several places, and the image of new wine being kept in new wineskins, a process that would burst old wineskins, represents that the new faith Jesus was bringing "cannot be contained within the framework of the old."[136] The complacent are compared with "wine left on its dregs" too long, such that it lacks a good taste and is of no value, and those who are corrupt are compared with excellent wine which has been diluted with water.

Wine was also used as a symbol of blessing and judgement throughout the Bible. Melchizedek blessed and refreshed Abraham's army with bread and wine; Isaac blessed Jacob by saying, "May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness – an abundance of grain and new wine";[137] and when Jacob blessed his sons, he used a great abundance of wine as a symbol of Judah's prosperity. The nation of Israel was promised abundant wine and other central crops such as grain and oil[138] if they kept God's covenant commandments, and their wine would be taken away as a curse if the Israelites failed to keep the covenant.

Drinking a cup of strong wine to the dregs and getting drunk are sometimes presented as a symbol of God's judgement and wrath,[139] and Jesus alludes this cup of wrath, which he several times says he himself will drink. Similarly, the winepress is pictured as a tool of judgement where the resulting wine symbolizes the blood of the wicked who were crushed. Connected also to the cup of judgement is the wine of immorality, which the evil drink and which both brings and is part of the wrath of God.

Detail from The Good Samaritan by Cornelis van Haarlem (1627) showing the Samaritan pouring oil and wine on the injured man's wounds

The Day of the Lord, which is often understood by Christians to usher in the Messianic Age, is depicted as a time when "[n]ew wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills,"[140] when God's people will "plant vineyards and drink their wine,"[141] and when God himself "will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines."[142]

In the New Testament, Jesus uses wine at the Last Supper to signify the "New Covenant in [Jesus'] blood,"[143] but Christians differ over precisely how symbolic the wine is in the continuing ritual of the Eucharist.[144]

Medicinal uses

Wine was used in ancient times for various medicinal ends, and the Bible refers to some of these practices. It was likely used as an anesthetic to dull pain, and many interpreters suggest that it was in this capacity that wines were offered to Jesus at his crucifixion.[111][145]

In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells a story about a man from Samaria who assists an injured man by, among other things, pouring oil and wine on his wounds. Oil mixed with wine was a common remedy in the ancient world to cleanse wounds and assuage their pain.[146]

Paul advises Timothy that he should not drink water only, but should use a little wine for the sake of his stomach and frequent infirmities. Some have suggested this advice is particularly in reference to purifying low quality drinking water,[147] while others suggest it was simply intended to help his digestion and general sickliness.[148] Abstentionists generally regard this passage as a positive example of abstention from wine and see Paul's instructions as exceptional and purely for the sake of health, while other interpreters suggest that Timothy was "upright in his aims" but here guilty of an "excess of severity"[2][149] or that he felt inappropriately bound by a Hellenistic custom that younger men should not drink.[150]

Reading the Bible as having no positive references to alcohol

There are some who interpret certain passages in the Bible as not referring to alcohol, arguing that all positive references to "wine" in Scripture refer to non-alcoholic beverages and all negative references speak of alcoholic beverages. Advocates of this view, called the "two-wine" position, argue that the Greek and Hebrew words rendered "wine" in most English versions are generic terms for fruit juices; context determines if the beverage in view is alcoholic or not. The fact is pointed out that even in earlier stages of the English language, such as in 1611 when the King James Version was translated, "wine" could refer to non-alcoholic beverages as well as alcoholic ones.[151] The two-wine view is widespread in conservative Evangelicalism. Dr. Robert Teachout, a fundamental Baptist seminary professor, argued for this position in his 1979 doctoral dissertation The Use of "Wine" in the Old Testament.[152] Separatist Baptist support for a biblical total abstinence position is widespread.[153] Other sources for this view include the Purified Translation of the Bible, where extensive footnotes are used to promote the idea, and the 19th century Temperance Bible Commentary.[154]


  1. ^ Six pots of thirty-nine litres each = 234 liters = 61.8 gallons, according to Seesemann, p. 163.
  2. ^ a b c d e B. S. Easton (1915b).
  3. ^ a b Broshi (1984), p. 33.
  4. ^ Broshi (1986), p. 46: "In the biblical description of the agricultural products of the Land, the triad 'cereal, wine, and oil' recurs repeatedly (Deut. 28:51 and elsewhere). These were the main products of ancient Palestine, in order of importance. The fruit of the vine was consumed both fresh and dried (raisins), but it was primarily consumed as wine. Wine was, in antiquity, an important food and not just an embellishment to a feast.... Wine was essentially a man's drink in antiquity, when it became a significant dietary component. Even slaves were given a generous wine ration. Scholars estimate that in ancient Rome an adult consumed a liter of wine daily. Even a minimal estimate of 700g. per day means that wine constituted about one quarter of the caloric intake (600 out of 2,500 cal.) and about one third of the minimum required intake of iron."
  5. ^ a b Waltke (2005), p. 505.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Quarles, Charles L. (23 July 2021). "Was New Testament Wine Alcoholic?". Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. First, ancient beverages did not contain distilled alcohol like modern alcoholic beverages often do. Distillation was invented by Arab alchemists in the 8th century long after the New Testament era. The strongest alcoholic beverage that was accessible to the New Testament authors and their original readers was natural wine that had an alcoholic content of 11-12 percent (before dilution). Second, ancient wine was normally diluted. Even ancient pagans considered drinking wine full strength to be a barbaric practice. They typically diluted wine with large amounts of water before the wine was consumed...A careful study of the Mishnah and Talmuds shows that the normal dilution rate among the Jews was 3 parts water to 1 part wine...This dilution rate reduces the alcohol content of New Testament wine to 2.75 to 3.0 percent...Certainly, it was fermented and had a modest alcohol content. But the alcohol content was negligible by modern standards.
  7. ^ a b c d Quarles, Charles L. (28 July 2021). "Does Approval of the Use of New Testament Wine Justify Use of Modern Alcoholic Beverages?". Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. When the ancients referred to undiluted wine, they specified this by adding the adjective "unmixed" (ἄκρατος) which indicated that the wine had not been poured into the krater, the large mixing bowl where the wine and water were combined (Rev 14:10; Jer 32:15 LXX; Ps 74:9 LXX; Ps. Sol 8:14). The New Testament never uses this adjective to describe the wine consumed by Jesus and the disciples or to describe the wine approved for use in moderation by Christians. New Testament wine is typically heavily diluted wine...Ancient rabbis clearly prohibited consumption of undiluted wine as a beverage. Some rabbis prohibited reciting the normal blessing over wine at mealtime "until one puts water into it so that it may be drunk" (m. Ber. 7:4–5). The rabbis of the Talmud taught that undiluted wine was useful only for the preparation of medicines (b. Ber. 50b; cf. b. Nid 67b; 69b).
  8. ^ a b Vallee, Bert L. (1 June 2015). "The Conflicted History of Alcohol in Western Civilization". Scientific American. The beverages of ancient societies may have been far lower in alcohol than their current versions, but people of the time were aware of the potentially deleterious behavioral effects of drinking. The call for temperance began quite early in Hebrew, Greek and Roman cultures and was reiterated throughout history. The Old Testament frequently disapproves of drunkenness, and the prophet Ezra and his successors integrated wine into everyday Hebrew ritual, perhaps partly to moderate undisciplined drinking, thus creating a religiously inspired and controlled form of prohibition.
  9. ^ a b Sasson, Jack M. "The Blood of Grapes: Viticulture and Intoxication in the Hebrew Bible." Drinking in Ancient Societies; History and Culture of Drinks in the Ancient Near East. Ed. Lucio Milano. Padua: Sargon srl, 1994. 399-419. "Here is the third point: Israel, as did its neighbors, probably manufactured brandy, liqueurs and cordials by perfuming, flavoring, or sweetening its wines; and such products may too have fallen under the term 'sekar', but until the Hellenistic period there is no direct evidence that it distilled them to raise their alcoholic content. The only method our documents know about raising the alcoholic level is to augment the sugar content of grapes by drying them in the sun before they are processed for fermentation. It is possible that the same result was obtained by boiling mashed pulp; in either case, however, the wine of Hebrew carousers was relatively mild alcoholically; and to fully earn the condemnations of Hebrew prophets and moralists, revellers must drink hard and long."
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  12. ^ Fitzsimmonds, p. 1255: "These two aspects of wine, its use and its abuse, its benefits and its curse, its acceptance in God's sight and its abhorrence, are interwoven into the fabric of the [Old Testament] so that it may gladden the heart of man (Ps. 104:15) or cause his mind to err (Is. 28:7), it can be associated with merriment (Ec. 10:19) or with anger (Is. 5:11), it can be used to uncover the shame of Noah (Gn. 9:21) or in the hands of Melchizedek to honor Abraham (Gn. 14:18).... The references [to drinks that can contain alcohol] in the [New Testament] are very much fewer in number, but once more the good and the bad aspects are equally apparent...."
  13. ^ Raymond, p. 25: "This favorable view [of wine in the Bible], however, is balanced by an unfavorable estimate.... The reason for the presence of these two conflicting opinions on the nature of wine [is that the] consequences of wine drinking follow its use and not its nature. Happy results ensue when it is drunk in its proper measure and evil results when it is drunk to excess. The nature of wine is indifferent."
  14. ^ McClintock and Strong, p. 1016: "But while liberty to use wine, as well as every other earthly blessing, is conceded and maintained in the Bible, yet all abuse of it is solemnly condemned."
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  16. ^ Genesis 9:21
  17. ^ Joshua 9:4
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  19. ^ Job 32:19
  20. ^ Genesis 27:28
  21. ^ Judges 9:13
  22. ^ Fitzsimmonds, p. 1254.
  23. ^ All references from Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 366 (appendix).
  24. ^ Hosea 4:11
  25. ^ Leviticus 10:9
  26. ^ Judges 13:4
  27. ^ Numbers 28:7
  28. ^ Edwards (1915a).
  29. ^ All references from Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 358 (appendix).
  30. ^ a b c Entry for methê in Liddell et al.
  31. ^ Deuteronomy 32:14
  32. ^ Isaiah 27:2
  33. ^ a b All references from Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 260 (appendix).
  34. ^ Canticles 8:2
  35. ^ a b Isaiah 49:26
  36. ^ Entry for glukasmos in Liddell et al.
  37. ^ Entry for neos in Liddell et al.
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  39. ^ Numbers 6:3
  40. ^ Ruth 2:14
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  43. ^ a b B. S. Easton (1915a).
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  45. ^ a b Psalms 75:8
  46. ^ Isaiah 25:6
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  48. ^ Entry for trugias in Liddell et al.
  49. ^ All references from Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 361 (appendix).
  50. ^ Isaiah 1:22
  51. ^ Hosea 4:18
  52. ^ Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 310 (appendix).
  53. ^ Isaiah 65:11
  54. ^ Entry for kerasma in Liddell et al.
  55. ^ Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 291f (appendix).
  56. ^ Canticles 7:2
  57. ^ Entry for krama in Liddell et al.
  58. ^ Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 288 (appendix).
  59. ^ All meanings derived from The New Testament Greek Lexicon except where noted. Specific links are given in the "Strong's no." column.
  60. ^ Luke 1:15
  61. ^ Compare the entry for oinos in Liddell et al.
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  78. ^ Mark 15:36
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  81. ^ Compare the entry for oxos in Liddell et al.
  82. ^ Numbers 6:3; Ruth 2:14; Psalm 69:21; Proverbs 25:20
  83. ^ Luke 1:15
  84. ^ "Leviticus 10:9, LXX". Archived from the original on 23 November 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  85. ^ Hatch and Redpath, p. 1266.
  86. ^ Compare the entry for sikera in Liddell et al.
  87. ^ Entry for methusma in Liddell et al.
  88. ^ "Hosea 4:11, LXX". Archived from the original on 23 November 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  89. ^ e.g., Judges 13:4, LXX Archived 2013-11-23 at the Wayback Machine
  90. ^ Hatch and Redpath, p. 908.
  91. ^ Vine, W E (1940). Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words. pp. Winebibber.
  92. ^ Proverbs 23:20
  93. ^ Hatch and Redpath, pp. 983.
  94. ^ "Reformed Theology and Apologetics – Connecting Christians to the Christ of Scripture". Retrieved 16 May 2023.
  95. ^ "Easton's Bible Dictionary – Christian Classics Ethereal Library".
  96. ^ a b "Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels, Volume 2 – Christian Classics Ethereal Library".
  97. ^ "Systematic Theology – Volume III – Christian Classics Ethereal Library".
  98. ^ Kaiser and Garrett: "Then as now, there were many varieties of wine, including red, white and mixed wines. The Old Testament employs a number of words for different kinds of wine. Precise translations for the Hebrew words are elusive since we do not know exactly how they differ from each other, but translators regularly use terms such as 'wine', 'new wine', 'spiced wine' and 'sweet wine'. Passages such as Hosea 4:11 make clear that these wines were alcoholic and intoxicating; there is no basis for suggesting that either the Greek or the Hebrew terms for wine refer to unfermented grape juice."
  99. ^ "WINE -".
  100. ^ Pierard, p. 28: "No evidence whatsoever exists to support the notion that the wine mentioned in the Bible was unfermented grape juice. When juice is referred to, it is not called wine (Genesis 40:11). Nor can 'new wine' ... mean unfermented juice, because the process of chemical change begins almost immediately after pressing."
  101. ^ 2 Maccabees 15:40
  102. ^ a b "Alcohol consumption - Alcohol and society". Encyclopedia Britannica. The Greco-Roman classics abound with descriptions of drinking and often of drunkenness. The wine of the ancient Greeks, like that of the Hebrews of the same time, was usually drunk diluted with an equal part or two parts of water, and so the alcohol strength of the beverage was presumably between 4 and 7 percent.
  103. ^ Quarles, Charles L. (23 July 2021). "Was New Testament Wine Alcoholic?". Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. "One of the most helpful discussions of dilution rates appears in a work by Athenaus of Naucratis called Deipnosophistae (Banquet of the Learned; c. AD 228). Athenaus mentions several different dilution rates that he culled from ancient works."
  104. ^ Maynard (1997b), pp. 374–376.
  105. ^ Macdonald, Nathan (2008). What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat?. pp. 22–23.
  106. ^ Maynard (1997a), p. 114: "Excessive drinking was not uncommon in the ancient Near East."
  107. ^ Raymond, p. 26.
  108. ^ Raymond, p. 90: Drunkenness "is not merely a disgusting personal habit and social vice, but a sin which bars the gates of Heaven, desecrates the body, which is now in a special sense the dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit, and stains the mystical body of Christ, the Church."
  109. ^ Waltke (2005), p. 507: "A total prohibition [of wine for kings], says Ross [Proverbs, p. 1128.], 'would be unheard of in the ancient courts,' and v. 6 assumes that the king has wine cellars."
  110. ^ Wesley's Notes on the Bible CCEL
  111. ^ a b c "Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon) | Christian Classics Ethereal Library". Archived from the original on 16 December 2006. Retrieved 1 June 2007.
  112. ^ a b John Gill's Exposition of the Bible Classic Bible Commentaries
  113. ^ Waltke (2005), p. 508.
  114. ^ "biblicalhorizons » No. 48: Concerning Wine and Beer, Part 1". Retrieved 16 May 2023.
  115. ^ Luke 23:36; Matthew 27:34; Mark 15:23
  116. ^ "Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon) | Christian Classics Ethereal Library". Archived from the original on 16 December 2006. Retrieved 1 June 2007. The Jews say that upon this was grounded the practice of giving a stupifying drink to condemned prisoners when they were going to execution, as they did to our Saviour.
  117. ^ Seesemann, Heinrich (1964). "οινος". In Friedrich, Gerhard (ed.). Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. Vol. 5. Translated by Bromiley, Geoffrey W. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 164. ISBN 9780802822475. Retrieved 24 April 2024. In the story of the passion Mk. 15:23 records that prior to the crucifixion Jesus was handed wine mingled with myrrh. [...] The point of this was to stupefy Him, but He refused it.
  118. ^ Section 5.13.6
  119. ^ cf Waltke on Proverbs 31:4–7: "v. 6 assumes that the king has wine cellars."
  120. ^ See translation and marginal note in the ESV for SS 2:4.
  121. ^ "Bible Gateway passage: 1 Chronicles 12:38–40, John 2:1–11, Job 1:13, Job 1:18, Nehemiah 8:9–12 – New International Version". Bible Gateway.
  122. ^ Pr 9:2,5; Est 1:7f; 5:6; compare those of the unfaithful in Is 65:11–12
  123. ^ "Bible Gateway passage: Deuteronomy 14:22–29 – New International Version". Bible Gateway.
  124. ^ "John 2:1 Context: The third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. Jesus' mother was there". Retrieved 16 May 2023.
  125. ^ Seesemann, p. 162: "Wine is specifically mentioned as an integral part of the passover meal no earlier than Jub. 49:6 ['... all Israel was eating the flesh of the paschal lamb, and drinking the wine ...'], but there can be no doubt that it was in use long before." P. 164: "In the accounts of the Last Supper the term [wine] occurs neither in the Synoptists nor Paul. It is obvious, however, that according to custom Jesus was proffering wine in the cup over which He pronounced the blessing; this may be seen especially from the solemn [fruit of the vine] (Mark 14:25 and par.) which was borrowed from Judaism." Compare "fruit of the vine" as a formula in the Mishnah, Tractate Berakoth 6.1.
  126. ^ "Commentary on Matthew, Mark, Luke – Volume 3 – Christian Classics Ethereal Library".
  127. ^, see also and Yelton
  128. ^ Raymond, p. 80: "All the wines used in basic religious services in Palestine were fermented."
  129. ^ "Bible Gateway passage: 1 Corinthians 11:20–22 – New International Version". Bible Gateway.
  130. ^ Gregory of Nyssa. "Funeral Oration on Meletius".
  131. ^ Raymond p. 81: "Not only did Jesus Christ Himself use and sanction the use of wine but also ... He saw nothing intrinsically evil in wine.(footnote citing Mt 15:11)"
  132. ^ Raymond understands this to mean that "if an individual by drinking wine either causes others to err through his example or abets a social evil which causes others to succumb to its temptations, then in the interests of Christian love he ought to forego the temporary pleasures of drinking in the interests of heavenly treasures" (p. 87).
  133. ^ Dommershausen, p. 64.
  134. ^ Raymond, p. 24: "The numerous allusions to the vine and wine in the Old Testament furnish an admirable basis for the study of its estimation among the people at large."
  135. ^ Waltke (2004), p. 114.
  136. ^ Browning, p. 395.
  137. ^ "Bible Gateway passage: Genesis 27:28 – New International Version". Bible Gateway.
  138. ^ M. S. Miller et al., p. 158f.
  139. ^ "Bible Gateway passage: Psalm 75:8, Revelation 16:19, Revelation 17:2, Revelation 17:6, Revelation 18:3 – New International Version". Bible Gateway. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  140. ^ Am 9:13; compare Jl 3:18; Is 27:2 (NAS)
  141. ^ "Bible Gateway passage: Amos 9:14 – New International Version". Bible Gateway.
  142. ^ "Bible Gateway passage: Isaiah 25:6, Matthew 8:11, Matthew 22:2, Luke 13:29, Luke 14:15, Luke 22:28–30, Revelation 19:9 – New International Version". Bible Gateway.
  143. ^ "Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 26:26–29, Mark 14:22–25, Luke 22:17–20, 1 Corinthians 10:16, 1 Corinthians 11:23–25 – New International Version". Bible Gateway.
  144. ^ Lincoln, p. 848.
  145. ^ Seesemann, p. 164.
  146. ^ John Gill's Exposition of the Bible Classic Bible Commentaries
  147. ^ "Overview – Bible Commentaries – Read and study from over 110 commentaries for FREE!".
  148. ^ "1 Timothy 5 Bible Commentary – John Gill's Exposition of the Bible".
  149. ^ "Commentary on Timothy, Titus, Philemon – Christian Classics Ethereal Library".
  150. ^ "Adam Clarke's Bible Commentary – 1 Timothy 5".
  151. ^ For example, footnote #7 in the chapter And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit in The Doctrine of Sanctification, Thomas Ross, Ph. D. dissertation, Great Plains Baptist Divinity School, 2014 Archived 2014-11-08 at the Wayback Machine, notes: "Bailey’s New Universal English Dictionary of Words, and of Arts and Sciences (1730) stated: "Natural wine, is such as it comes from the grape, without any mixture or sophistication." (pg. 658). Juice does not come "from the grape" fermented. Thus, wine had the meaning of unfermented, as well as fermented grape juice. Likewise, John Kersey’s Dictionarium Anglo-Britannicum, or A General English Dictionary (1708) declared: "Wine [is] a Liquor made of the Juice of Grapes, or other fruit. Liquor or Liquour, anything that is liquid: Drink, Juice, etc. Must, sweet Wine, newly press’d from the grape." Wine was made of the juice of grapes and must is defined as "sweet wine, newly pressed from the grape." Further, B. N. Defoe’s A Complete English Dictionary (1735) defined: "WINE, a Liquor made of the Juice of Grapes or other fruit. LIQUOR, anything that is liquid: Drink, Juice, Water, &c." Wine was not defined as fermented drink, but simply "the juice of grapes." Benjamin Martin’s Lingua Britannica Reformata, or A New English Dictionary (1748) stated: "WINE, 1. the juice of the grape. 2. a liquor extracted from other fruits besides the grape. 3. the vapours of wine, as wine disturbs his reason. LIQUOR, or LIQUOUR, any liquid thing, as water, juice, drink, etc." (p. 1045). . . . The translators of the KJV, by uniformly rendering the Greek word oinos as wine, replicated the Greek word’s reference to both fermented and unfermented juice with an English word that, in their day, was similarly general in reference.
  152. ^ Ross, Thomas (27 November 2013). "The Use of "Wine" in the Old Testament, by Robert Teachout Faith Saves".
  153. ^ E. g.,
  154. ^ Lees, Frederic Richard; Burns, Dawson (1870). The Temperance Bible-commentary: Giving at One View, Version, Criticism, and Exposition, in Regard to All Passages of Holy Writ Bearing on 'wine' and 'strong Drink,' Or Illustrating the Principles of the Temperance Reformation. Sheldon & Co., National Temperance Society and Publication House – via Internet Archive.

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