Truth & Error about Bible Wines
15 January 2023 AM –Psalm 86:11 – Wine – Scott Childs
Introduction: Wine is mentioned more than 200 times in the Bible. Many Christians assume that the word “wine” in the Bible always refers to alcoholic wine. They may know that Noah got drunk on wine. They know that Paul told Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach’s sake. They assume that when David’s men were “eating and drinking”, that they were drinking alcoholic wine. They also assume that when Jesus turned water into wine, that He turned it into alcoholic wine. Based on many such assumptions, they conclude that God must approve of moderate drinking of alcohol. However, are assumptions like these based on truth or error?
Actually, the Bible has a lot more to say about the subject than most Christians realise. In this brief series entitled Truth & Error about Bible Wine, I want to dispel error and reveal truth about the wines used in the Bible. Primary sources for this article are “Bible Wines: Laws of fermentation and wines of the ancients.” By William Patton, “Wine in the Bible” by Samuele Bacchiocchi, and “The Juicy Truth of Biblical Wine” by David Gross. See References at the end of the article that I sent you. I encourage you to read those documents.
In this article, I want us to take several steps to distinguish truth from error regarding Bible wine.
The first step I want us to take to distinguish truth from error is to …
Examine the Words Translated “Wine”