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Saturday, August 12, 2006

What was the Real "Jesus Juice"?

So what was the real "Jesus Juice"? Pardon my sacrilege but I have been searching for the answer as to which varietal wine/wines did the early Jews partake of. I've tried to google, but I'm all googled out. I want some real concrete evidence of which grapes were used to make the wine Jesus and all the Prophets of the Old Testament drank. Some questions I have come up with to find the answer are:

*Which grapes are native to Isreal and surrounding wine regions?
*What type of wines were used in passover?
*Which varietals date back thousands of years? (Pinot Noir? Syrah? Primitivo?)

There has been much debate as to weather or not these holy wines were fermented and contained alcohol and therefore caused drunkeness. I believe the Bible contains enough evidence to suggest that these wines were indeed alcoholic and if you do a search you will no doubt find the same versus of scripture.

I'm not a religious man, however I would love to drink the same wine as say Noah or Moses! Not to justify my drunkeness.....or hmmmm maybe!! ha ha! But I do think it would be cool to sip on some Pinot or Syrah and know that I'm drinking the same wine as JC!! Once again excuse the sacrilege, if anyone can give me a answer to this, backed with some good evidence, I will reward you with 100 BE Credits!!
Jackie said...

I was told many years ago by my Minister that the wines were alcoholic and that is why in most Churches today alcoholic wine is served for Communion.

Possibly one of the Jewish sites will mention what wines were served in the Synagogues around that time.

Travel Italy said...

Most of the heirloom wines in Italy date well into the Roman Empire however I do not remember documented names before 78 BC. Aglianico di Taburno was brought from Greece therefore was considerably before the BC/AD line.

I would follow that line.

Travel Italy said...

Regarding alcohol: Of course it had alcohol. The fermentation process was a way to conserve the wine (and more importantly the calories the wine provided, which was an important part of surving the winter). It is today's religions that think that since some people are unable to control their drinking all people should not drink alcohol.

Eko Prasetyo said...

It is quite scary that the bibles promote the imbibition of something that could degenerate the state of mental health, and something that destroys nerve cells.

Kirsten said...

Red wine is actually good for you if you drink it in moderation. Dr's recommend a glass of red wine a day. It has a lot of antioxidants apparently.

And I was going to say the same thing that 'travel italy' said - they fermented it to preserve it so it definitely would have had alcohol.

Kirsten said...

there is some interesting information about the early history of wine at wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine#Early_history

by the way I surfed in from blogexplosion... great blog!

Travel Italy said...

Thomas - you can find me on the BE battles as DavidAnderson50!

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