Category Archives: Booze In The Bible

Biblical perspectives on the prohibitionist view of alcoholic beverages.

Only Barbarians

Once again, I’d like to look at a quote from Robert Stein’s 1975 article. In my last posting, I quoted this: “The ratio of water might vary, but ony barbarians drank it unmixed, and a mixture of wine and water … Continue reading

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Wine Distinct From Strong Drink

In Robert Stein’s article mentioned previously, he said “The ratio of water might vary, but only barbarians drank it unmixed, and a mixture of wine and water of equals parts was seen as ‘strong drink’ and frowned upon.” A bit … Continue reading

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Wine Drinking in New Testament Times

Robert Stein’s article Wine Drinking in New Testament Times was published in the June 20, 1975 issue of Christianity Today. Some prohibitionists consider Stein’s article an important source establishing that wine in biblical times was so diluted that it bears … Continue reading

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Twenty To One

Homer’s The Odyssey is referenced by some prohibitionists to show that wine was diluted by as much as twenty parts water to one part wine. This is part of the evidence that wine was so diluted in biblical times that … Continue reading

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Habakuk 2:15

Sometimes, this is quoted from Habakuk 2:15: “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink” This is presented as prooof that it was even forbidden to give an alcoholic beverage to a neighbor – so clearly, all drinking is sin. … Continue reading

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Not Enough Time

This one’s a hoot: Jesus must have turned the water into grape juice (NOT wine) because it didn’t have time to ferment! It could not possibly have been wine! Jesus transformed hydrogen and oxygen atoms into different elements! He circumvented … Continue reading

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Something Rotten

Perhaps my favorite proof that Jesus turned water into grape juice (NOT wine) is this: Jesus never could have made something dead and rotten! This argument is based on the mistaken idea that fermentation is a process of death and … Continue reading

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No Good Reason

This morning, folks attending my church were treated to a bulletin insert that explained why it is wrong for Christians to go to the cinema. Basically, since the author of the article could think of no “good” reason to go … Continue reading

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Pulleys

When I was in college, many years ago, I studied physics. Somewhere along the way we learned about pulleys. The purpose of a pulley is to change the direction of a force. Ideally it will do so with very little … Continue reading

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Wine On The Hoof

In a blog article mentioned previously, the blogger attempted to use the phrase “wine in the press” (citing Isaiah 16:10 as an example) to prove that yayin sometimes refers to fresh grape juice. Others have made the same argument for … Continue reading

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