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Bacchus and Anti-Bacchus

Below are links to a two-part article written by John MacLean in 1841. Dr. MacLean was Professor of Ancient Languages at the College of New Jersey at the time. In this two-part article, John MacLean examines the claims made in two articles: Bacchus, by Ralph Barnes Grindrod Anti-Bacchus, by Rev B. Parsons In John MacLean’s […]

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Levitical Priests

There seems to be some remaining confusion about what exactly the Levitical priests were forbidden to do, thanks to some prohibitionists’ poor handling of Leviticus 10:8-9. The passage is referenced in an attempt to show that God forbade all alcohol consumption by the priests. Let’s look at the passage: And the LORD spake unto Aaron, […]

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Ignore Me No Longer!

I’m renaming my blog from Ignore Me to Pedantic Dan.

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Eggs Per Hen-Day

There’s an old brain teaser that is posed as a word problem, something like this: If a hen and a half lays an egg and a half in a day and a half, how many days will it take three hens to lay three eggs? or If a hen and a half lays an egg […]

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Degrees of Separation

When I was in high school, I met my best friend’s father (not at all unusual, I hear). My best friend’s father was, and is, a cinematographer and worked on such films as Second Hand Lions, Space Cowboys, and Unforgiven. In fact, he was nominated for the 1992 Academy Award for Best Cinematography for Unforgiven. […]

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Not Given To Wine

1 Timothy 3:3 and Titus 1:7 both include “not given to wine” (KJV) in the qualifications for a bishop. Some prohibitionists interpret these verses to say that church leaders must abstain from alcoholic beverages. Some even say that the Greek word translated as “given to wine”, πάροινος, comes from πάρα οινος, meaning “next to wine”, […]

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The Feast of Unleavened Wine

One argument that is supposed to prove that the wine used by Jesus to institute the Lord’s Supper was just grape juice, is that leavening was forbidden to be used in the Passover, also called The Feast of Unleavened Bread. I read one claim that Jews were forbidden to partake of anything that contained any […]

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Don’t Look!

Proverbs 23:31-33 says [NASB®]: Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly; At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, And your mind will utter perverse things. This passage is interpreted […]

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Love Thy Neighbor

Since I was a boy, I’ve heard it said that when Jesus preached, “Love thy neighbor as thyself”, He meant that we must first learn to love ourselves before we can love others. Thus, many have taken the teaching to mean that we must all become self-absorbed and focus on building our own self esteem. […]

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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 of equals parts was seen as ‘strong drink’ and frowned upon.” This time, I’d like […]