Explore the fascinating history of wine as mentioned in the Bible, while dispelling myths and presenting contrasting viewpoints about its alcoholic content.
How much alcohol was in wine in Bible times?
It is important to mention when the Bible mentions “wine” it is not referencing the wine most of us enjoy today. It may not even be referring to an alcoholic beverage at all. Wine in the bible can refer to just simple grape juice or wine that does not exceed an alcoholic content of about 10%.
What kind of wine did they drink in the Bible?
So wines at the time of the Bible were big, round, juicy, austere wines, red or amber in color. That austerity was often cut with water. It was basically required in the ancient world to dilute your wine with a little bit of water to round it out, and you were seen as a barbarian if you didn’t do so.
Was the wine Jesus turned into wine alcoholic?
Fortunately, there is a more reasonable view to consider as it pertains to our Lord’s first miracle that does not propose as many problems. The evidence is considerable that Jesus actually produced nonalcoholic, unfermented wine of the highest quality.
Was the wine in the Bible actually beer?
The word “wine” always refers to alcoholic beverages, never to non-alcoholic beverages. “Wine” in the Bible refers to “the fermented juice of the grape used as a beverage.” The word “wine” never refers to grape juice. Our King James Bible translators knew what grape juice was, and they knew what wine was.
Did the wine in Jesus days have alcohol in it?
The wine consumed by Jesus was actually alcoholic, but in a pretty mild way. You’d have to drink a lot to get drunk. However, you could indeed get drunk from the common wine of the Jews if you wanted to.
Did the wine Jesus made have no alcohol?
It is more consistent to advocate the obvious, Jesus did not produce alcoholic wine but rather non-alcoholic wine. So much more could be said concerning this passage, but space limits our study. However, enough evidence has been given to establish that Jesus did not produce alcoholic wine for human social consumption.