Alcohol in the Bible
Alcoholic beverages appear in the Hebrew Bible, after Noah planted a vineyard and became inebriated. In the New Testament, Jesus miraculously made copious amounts of wine at the marriage at Cana. Later, Jesus incorporated the fruit of the vine as part of the Eucharist. Wine is the most common alcoholic beverage mentioned in biblical literature, where it is a source of symbolism, and was an important part of daily life in biblical times. Additionally, the inhabitants of ancient Israel drank beer, and wines made from fruits other than grapes, and references to these appear in scripture.
Biblical literature displays an ambivalence toward intoxicating drinks, considering them both a blessing from God that brings joy and merriment and potentially dangerous beverages that can be sinfully abused. The relationships between Judaism and alcohol and Christianity and alcohol have generally maintained this same tension, though Christianity saw a number of its adherents, particularly around the time of Prohibition, rejecting alcohol as evil. The original versions of the books of the Bible use several different words for alcoholic beverages: at least 10 in Hebrew, and five in Greek. Drunkenness is discouraged and not infrequently portrayed, and some biblical persons abstained from alcohol. Alcohol is used symbolically, in both positive and negative terms. Its consumption is prescribed for religious rites or medicinal uses in some places.
- 1 Lexigraphy
- 2 Biblical references
- 3 Footnotes
- 4 Works cited
Biblical literature uses several words in its original languages to refer to different types of alcoholic beverages. Some of these words have overlapping meaning, particularly the words in the Hebrew language compared to the words in Koine Greek, the language of both the Septuagint and the New Testament. While some deuterocanonical books may have been originally written in Hebrew or the Aramaic language, some were written in Greek. Hence, the meanings of the words used for alcoholic beverages in each of these languages has bearing on alcohol in the Bible.
The Hebrew Bible was largely written in Biblical Hebrew, with portions in Biblical Aramaic, and a has an important Ancient Greek translation called the Septuagint. The modern Hebrew Bible, which generally follows the masoretic text, uses several words to represent alcoholic beverages:
|Hebrew||Transliteration||Strong's no.||Meaning||Septuagint equivalent(s)|
|יין||yayin||3196||the common word translated "wine"||gleukos (see below), katoinousthai ("to be drunken"), oinopotes ("drunkard"), oinos (see below), sumposion ("drinking party")|
|תירוש||tirosh||8492||properly "must"; sometimes rendered as "wine," "new wine," or "sweet wine." It can represent juice at any stage in the fermentation process, and in some places it "represents rather wine made from the first drippings of the juice before the winepress was trodden. As such it would be particularly potent." It can certainly be alcoholic, as in Ho 4:11||methusma (see below), oinos (all other references; see below)|
|שכר||shekar||7941||"strong drink"; "denotes any inebriating drink with about 7–10 percent alcoholic content, not hard liquor, because there is no evidence of distilled liquor in ancient times.... It was made from either fruit and/or barley beer"; the term can include wine, but generally it is used in combination with it ("wine and strong drink") to encompass all varieties of intoxicants||methê ("strong drink, drunkenness"), methusma (see below), oinos (see below), sikera (see below)|
|חמר||chemer, corresponding to the Aramaic chamar||2561, 2562||"wine"; the word "conveys the idea of 'foaming,' as in the process of fermentation, or when poured out. It is derived from the root hamar, meaning 'to boil up'"||methê ("strong drink, drunkenness"), oinos (see below)|
|עסיס||'asis||6071||"sweet wine" or "new wine", the vintage of the current year with intoxicating power||glukasmos ("sweetness, sweet wine"), methê ("strong drink, "drunkenness"), nama, oinos neos ("new wine")|
|חמץ||chomets||2558||vinegar, which was made from wine or other fermented beverage and used as a condiment or, when mixed with water, a slightly intoxicating drink||omphax ("unripe or sour grape"), oxos (see below)|
|שמר||shemar, (pl: shemarim)||8105||lees or dregs of wine; "wine that has been kept on the lees, and therefore old wine" ("if [the wine] were designed to be kept for some time a certain amount of lees was added to give it body")||oinos (see below), trugias ("full of lees")|
|סבא||sobhe||5435||drink, liquor, wine||oinos (see below)|
|ממסך||mamsak and mesekh||4469, 4538||"mixed drink," "mixed wine," "drink-offering;" the word is "properly a mixture of wine and water with spices that increase its stimulating properties."||kerasma ("mixture")|
|מזג||mezeg||4197||"mixture", "mixed wine"||krama ("mixture, especially mixed wine")|
Unlike Hebrew, which has a wide variety of words for alcoholic beverages, Koine Greek uses but five words:
|Greek||Transliteration||Strong's no.||Meaning||Biblical appearances|
|οίνος||oinos||3631||the common word translated "wine" in the New Testament and Septuagint.||New Testament and Septuagint (corresponding to masoretic yayin, tirosh, chemer, shekar, sobhe, shemarim, and 'asis)|
|γλευκος||gleukos||1098||"sweet wine" (sometimes rendered "new wine"), which may have been intoxicating.||New Testament and Septuagint|
|σίκερα||sikera||4608||a Hebrew loanword from shekar meaning "strong drink."||New Testament and Septuagint|
|όξος||oxos||3690||vinegar, sour wine; could be made from grape wine or other fermented beverages; when mixed with water, it was a common, cheap drink of the poor and of the Roman army||New Testament and Septuagint|
|μέθυσμα||methusma||-||an intoxicating drink||Septuagint only (corresponding to masoretic tirosh on a single occasion, and to shekar on all others)|
Yayin and oinos (which in the Septuagint also often translates most of the Hebrew words for alcoholic beverages listed above) are commonly translated "wine", but the two are also rarely, and perhaps figuratively or anticipatorily, used to refer to freshly pressed juice non-alcoholic. For this reason, prohibitionist and some abstentionist Christians object to taking the default meaning to be fermented beverages, but there is a broad consensus that the words did ordinarily refer to alcoholic beverages.
While the wines drunk in the times depicted in the Hebrew Bible were not diluted with water, after the conquest of Palestine by Alexander the Great the Hellenistic custom of diluting wine had taken hold such that the author of 2 Maccabees speaks of diluted wine as "a more pleasant drink" and of both undiluted wine and unmixed water as "harmful" or "distasteful."
The many biblical references to alcoholic beverages are both positive and negative, real and symbolic, descriptive and didactic. Both archaeological evidence and written records indicate the significant cultivation of grapes in ancient Israel and the popularity of wine-drinking. The production capacity apparent from archaeological remains and the frequent biblical references to wine suggest that it was the principal alcoholic beverage of the ancient Israelites.
Easton's Bible Dictionary says, "The sin of drunkenness ... must have been not uncommon in the olden times, for it is mentioned either metaphorically or literally more than seventy times in the Bible," though some suggest it was a "vice of the wealthy rather than of the poor." Biblical interpreters generally agree that the Hebrew and Christian scriptures condemn ordinary drunkenness as a serious spiritual and moral failing in passages such as these (all from the New International Version):
- Proverbs 23:20f: "Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags."
- Isaiah 5:11f: "Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine. They have harps and lyres at their banquets, tambourines and flutes and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD, no respect for the work of his hands."
- Galatians 5:19–21: "The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: ... drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."
- Ephesians 5:18: "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit."
The consequences of the drunkenness of Noah and Lot "were intended to serve as examples of the dangers and repulsiveness of intemperance." The title character in the Book of Judith uses the drunkenness of the Assyrian general Holofernes to behead him in a heroic victory for the Jewish people and an embarrassing defeat for the general, who had schemed to seduce Judith.
One of the original sections of 1 Esdras describes a debate among three courtiers of Darius I of Persia over whether wine, the king, or women (but above all the truth) is the strongest. The argument for wine does not prevail in the contest, but it provides a vivid description of the ancients' view of the power wine can wield in excessive quantity.
A disputed but important passage is Proverbs 31:4–7. Some Christians assert that alcohol was prohibited to kings at all times, while most interpreters contend that only its abuse is in view here. Some argue that the latter instructions regarding the perishing should be understood as sarcasm when compared with the preceding verses, while others contend the beer and wine are intended as a cordial to raise the spirits of the perishing, while some suggest that the Bible is here authorizing alcohol as an anesthetic. Moreover, some suggest that the wines that Jesus was offered at his crucifixion were also intended as an anesthetic.
Sacrifices and feasts
The Hebrew scriptures prescribed wine for use in festal celebrations and sacrificial rituals. In particular, fermented wine was presented daily as a drink offering, as part of the first Fruits offering, and as part of various supplementary offerings. Wine was kept in the Temple in Jerusalem, and the king had his own private stores.
The banquet hall was called a "house of wine," and wine was used as the usual drink at most secular and religious feasts, including feasts of celebration and hospitality, tithe celebrations, Jewish holidays such as Passover, and at burials. Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper, which took place at a Passover celebration, and set apart the bread and wine that were present there as symbols of the New Covenant. Saint Paul later chides the Corinthians for becoming drunk on wine served at their celebrations of the Lord's Supper.
Bringer of joy
The Bible also speaks of wine in general terms as a bringer and concomitant of joy, particularly in the context of nourishment and feasting, e.g.:
- Psalm 104:14f: "[The LORD] makes ... plants for man to cultivate – bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart."
- Ecclesiastes 9:7: "Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do."
Vows and duties
Certain persons were forbidden in the Hebrew Bible to partake of wine because of their vows and duties. Kings were forbidden to abuse alcohol lest their judgments be unjust. It was forbidden to priests on duty, though the priests were given "the finest new wine" from the first fruits offerings for drinking outside the tabernacle and temple.
The Nazirites excluded as part of their ascetic regimen not only wine, but also vinegar, grapes, and raisins, though when Nazirites completed the term of their vow they were required to present wine as part of their sacrificial offerings and could drink of it. While John the Baptist adopted such a regimen, Jesus evidently did not during his three years of ministry.
The Rechabites, a sub-tribe of the Kenites, vowed never to drink wine, live in houses, or plant fields or vineyards, not because of any "threat to wise living" from the latter [Prov. 20:1] practices, but because of their commitment to a nomadic lifestyle by not being bound to any particular piece of land. The Rechabites's strict obedience to the command of their father "not to drink wine" [Jer. 35:14] is commended and is contrasted with the failure of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Judah to listen to their God.
During the Babylonian captivity, Daniel and his fellow Jews abstained from the meat and wine given to them by the king because they saw it as defiling in some way, though precisely how these would have defiled the Jews is not apparent in the text. A later passage implies that Daniel did drink wine at times, though it may not have been the king's. Similarly, Judith refused the Assyrian general's wine, though she drank wine from the stores she brought with her.
Christians are instructed regarding abstinence and their duty toward immature Christians: "All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall."
Symbolism and metaphor
The commonness and centrality of wine in daily life in biblical times is apparent from its many positive and negative metaphorical uses throughout the Bible. Positively, free wine is used as a symbol of divine grace, and wine is repeatedly compared to intimate love in the Song of Solomon. Negatively, wine is personified as a mocker ("[t]he most hardened apostate" in the Book of Proverbs whose chief sin is pride) and beer a brawler (one who is "mocking, noisy, and restless").
Additionally, the chosen people and kingdom of God are compared to a divinely owned vine or vineyard in several places, and the image of new wine fermenting in new wineskins, a process that would burst old wineskins, represents that the new faith Jesus was bringing "cannot be contained within the framework of the old." The complacent are compared with "wine left on its dregs" too long, such that it lacks a good taste and is of no value, and those who are corrupt are compared with excellent wine which has been diluted with water.
Wine was also used as a symbol of blessing and judgement throughout the Bible. Melchizedek blessed and refreshed Abraham's army with bread and wine; Isaac blessed Jacob by saying, "May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness – an abundance of grain and new wine"; and when Jacob blessed his sons, he used a great abundance of wine as a symbol of Judah's prosperity. The nation of Israel was promised abundant wine and other central crops such as grain and oil if they kept God's covenant commandments, and their wine would be taken away as a curse if the Israelites failed to keep the covenant.
Drinking a cup of strong wine to the dregs and getting drunk are sometimes presented as a symbol of God's judgement and wrath, and Jesus alludes this cup of wrath, which he several times says he himself will drink. Similarly, the winepress is pictured as a tool of judgement where the resulting wine symbolizes the blood of the wicked who were crushed. Connected also to the cup of judgement is the wine of immorality, which the evil drink and which both brings and is part of the wrath of God.
The Day of the Lord, which is often understood by Christians to usher in the Messianic Age, is depicted as a time when "[n]ew wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills," when God's people will "plant vineyards and drink their wine," and when God himself "will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines."
In the New Testament, Jesus uses wine at the Last Supper to signify the "New Covenant in [Jesus'] blood," but Christians differ over precisely how symbolic the wine is in the continuing ritual of the Eucharist.
Alcohol was used in ancient times for various medicinal ends, and the Bible refers to some of these practices. It was likely used as an anesthetic to dull pain, and many interpreters suggest that it was in this capacity that wines were offered to Jesus at his crucifixion.
In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells a story about a man from Samaria who assists an injured man by, among other things, pouring oil and wine on his wounds. Oil mixed with wine was a common remedy in the ancient world to cleanse wounds and assuage their pain.
Paul advises Timothy that he should not drink water only, but should use a little wine for the sake of his stomach and frequent infirmities. Some have suggested this advice is particularly in reference to purifying low quality drinking water, while others suggest it was simply intended to help his digestion and general sickliness. Abstentionists generally regard this passage as a positive example of abstention from wine and see Paul's instructions as exceptional and purely for the sake of health, while other interpreters suggest that Timothy was "upright in his aims" but here guilty of an "excess of severity" or that he felt inappropriately bound by a Hellenistic custom that younger men should not drink.
Understanding the Bible as having no positive references to alcohol
There are some who interpret certain passages in the Bible as not referring to alcohol. That is, they understand references to drunkenness as referring to genuinely alcoholic drinks. But they want to understand other passages as referring to non-alcoholic drinks made from grapes. This is exemplified in the Purified Translation of the Bible, where extensive footnotes are used to promote the idea.
- Six pots of thirty-nine litres each = 234 liters = 61.8 gallons, according to Seesemann, p. 163.
- B. S. Easton (1915b).
- Broshi (1984), p. 33.
- Broshi (1986), p. 46: In the biblical description of the agricultural products of the Land, the triad 'cereal, wine, and oil' recurs repeatedly (Deut. 28:51 and elsewhere). These were the main products of ancient Palestine, in order of importance. The fruit of the vine was consumed both fresh and dried (raisins), but it was primarily consumed as wine. Wine was, in antiquity, an important food and not just an embellishment to a feast.... Wine was essentially a man's drink in antiquity, when it became a significant dietary component. Even slaves were given a generous wine ration. Scholars estimate that in ancient Rome an adult consumed a liter of wine daily. Even a minimal estimate of 700g. per day means that wine constituted about one quarter of the caloric intake (600 out of 2,500 cal.) and about one third of the minimum required intake of iron."
- Waltke (2005), p. 505.
- Waltke (2005), p. 127.
- Fitzsimmonds, p. 1255: "These two aspects of wine, its use and its abuse, its benefits and its curse, its acceptance in God's sight and its abhorrence, are interwoven into the fabric of the [Old Testament] so that it may gladden the heart of man (Ps. 104:15) or cause his mind to err (Is. 28:7), it can be associated with merriment (Ec. 10:19) or with anger (Is. 5:11), it can be used to uncover the shame of Noah (Gn. 9:21) or in the hands of Melchizedek to honor Abraham (Gn. 14:18).... The references [to alcohol] in the [New Testament] are very much fewer in number, but once more the good and the bad aspects are equally apparent...."
- Raymond, p. 25: "This favorable view [of wine in the Bible], however, is balanced by an unfavorable estimate.... The reason for the presence of these two conflicting opinions on the nature of wine [is that the] consequences of wine drinking follow its use and not its nature. Happy results ensue when it is drunk in its proper measure and evil results when it is drunk to excess. The nature of wine is indifferent."
- McClintock and Strong, p. 1016: "But while liberty to use wine, as well as every other earthly blessing, is conceded and maintained in the Bible, yet all abuse of it is solemnly condemned."
- All meanings from Brown et al. Specific links are given in the "Strong's no." column.
- Genesis 9:21
- Joshua 9:4
- M. G. Easton (1897b).
- Entry for katoinoomai in Liddell et al.
- Strong's 3630
- Entry for sumposion in Liddell et al.
- All references from Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 269 (appendix).
- Genesis 27:28
- Judges 9:13
- Fitzsimmonds, p. 1254.
- Hosea 4:11
- All references from Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 366 (appendix).
- Leviticus 10:9
- Judges 13:4
- Numbers 28:7
- Edwards (1915a).
- Entry for methê in Liddell et al.
- All references from Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 358 (appendix).
- Deuteronomy 32:14
- Isaiah 27:2
- All references from Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 260 (appendix).
- Canticles 8:2
- Isaiah 49:26
- Entry for glukasmos in Liddell et al.
- Entry for neos in Liddell et al.
- All references from Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 321 (appendix).
- Numbers 6:3
- Ruth 2:14
- Kellermann, pp. 487–493.
- M. G. Easton (1897a).
- B. S. Easton (1915a).
- Entry for omphax in Liddell et al.
- Psalms 75:8
- Isaiah 25:6
- Entry for trugias in Liddell et al.
- All references from Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 361 (appendix).
- Isaiah 1:22
- Hosea 4:18
- Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 310 (appendix).
- Isaiah 65:11
- Entry for kerasma in Liddell et al.
- Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 291f (appendix).
- Canticles 7:2
- Entry for krama in Liddell et al.
- Muraoka index in Hatch and Redpath, p. 288 (appendix).
- All meanings derived from The New Testament Greek Lexicon except where noted. Specific links are given in the "Strong's no." column.
- Compare the entry for oinos in Liddell et al.
- Mark 2:22
- Lamentations 2:11-12, LXX
- Deuteronomy 7:13, LXX
- Deuteronomy 23:14, LXX
- Psalms 68:12, LXX (69:12 in the masoretic numbering)
- Isaiah 1:22, LXX
- Isaiah 25:6, LXX
- Isaiah 49:26, LXX
- Hatch and Redpath, pp. 983f.
- Rich, “A certain amount of juice exuded from the ripe fruit from its own pressure, before the treading commenced. This appears to have been kept separate from the rest, and to have formed the γλεῦκος, or sweet wine noticed in Acts 2:13”
- Compare the entry for gleukos in Liddell et al.
- Acts 2:13
- Job 32:19, LXX
- Compare the entry for sikera in Liddell et al.
- Luke 1:15
- Leviticus 10:9, LXX
- Hatch and Redpath, p. 1266.
- Heidland, pp. 288f.
- Compare the entry for oxos in Liddell et al.
- Mark 15:36
- Numbers 6:3, LXX
- Entry for methusma in Liddell et al.
- Hosea 4:11, LXX
- e.g., Judges 13:4, LXX
- Hatch and Redpath, p. 908.
- Hatch and Redpath, pp. 983.
- Lees and Burns, pp. 431–446.
- Kaiser and Garrett: "Then as now, there were many varieties of wine, including red, white and mixed wines. The Old Testament employs a number of words for different kinds of wine. Precise translations for the Hebrew words are elusive since we do not know exactly how they differ from each other, but translators regularly use terms such as 'wine', 'new wine', 'spiced wine' and 'sweet wine'. Passages such as Hosea 4:11 make clear that these wines were alcoholic and intoxicating; there is no basis for suggesting that either the Greek or the Hebrew terms for wine refer to unfermented grape juice."
- Pierard, p. 28: "No evidence whatsoever exists to support the notion that the wine mentioned in the Bible was unfermented grape juice. When juice is referred to, it is not called wine (Genesis 40:11). Nor can 'new wine' ... mean unfermented juice, because the process of chemical change begins almost immediately after pressing."
- 2 Maccabees 15:40
- Maynard (1997b), pp. 374–376.
- Macdonald, Nathan (2008). What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat?. pp. 22–23.
- Maynard (1997a), p. 114: "Excessive drinking was not uncommon in the ancient Near East."
- Raymond, p. 26.
- Raymond, p. 90: Drunkenness "is not merely a disgusting personal habit and social vice, but a sin which bars the gates of Heaven, desecrates the body, which is now in a special sense the dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit, and stains the mystical body of Christ, the Church."
- Waltke (2005), p. 507: "A total prohibition [of wine for kings], says Ross [Proverbs, p. 1128.], 'would be unheard of in the ancient courts,' and v. 6 assumes that the king has wine cellars."
- Wesley's Notes on the Bible CCEL
- John Gill's Exposition of the Bible Classic Bible Commentaries
- Waltke (2005), p. 508.
- Seesemann, p. 164.
- http://www.ccel.org/ccel/josephus/works/files/war-5.htm 5.13.6
- cf Waltke on Proverbs 31:4–7: "v. 6 assumes that the king has wine cellars."
- See translation and marginal note in the ESV for SS 2:4.
- 1Ch 12:38–40; Jn 2:1–11; Job 1:13,18; Ne 8:9–12
- Pr 9:2,5; Est 1:7f; 5:6; compare those of the unfaithful in Is 65:11–12
- Dt 14:22–29
- Seesemann, p. 162: "Wine is specifically mentioned as an integral part of the passover meal no earlier than Jub. 49:6 ['... all Israel was eating the flesh of the paschal lamb, and drinking the wine ...'], but there can be no doubt that it was in use long before." P. 164: "In the accounts of the Last Supper the term [wine] occurs neither in the Synoptists nor Paul. It is obvious, however, that according to custom Jesus was proffering wine in the cup over which He pronounced the blessing; this may be seen especially from the solemn [fruit of the vine] (Mark 14:25 and par.) which was borrowed from Judaism." Compare "fruit of the vine" as a formula in the Mishnah, Tractate Berakoth 6.1.
- Raymond, p. 80: "All the wines used in basic religious services in Palestine were fermented."
- 1Co 11:20–22
- Raymond p. 81: "Not only did Jesus Christ Himself use and sanction the use of wine but also ... He saw nothing intrinsically evil in wine.(footnote citing Mt 15:11)"
- Raymond understands this to mean that "if an individual by drinking wine either causes others to err through his example or abets a social evil which causes others to succumb to its temptations, then in the interests of Christian love he ought to forego the temporary pleasures of drinking in the interests of heavenly treasures" (p. 87).
- Dommershausen, p. 64.
- Raymond, p. 24: "The numerous allusions to the vine and wine in the Old Testament furnish an admirable basis for the study of its estimation among the people at large."
- Waltke (2004), p. 114.
- Browning, p. 395.
- Ge 27:28
- M. S. Miller et al., p. 158f.
- Am 9:13; compare Jl 3:18; Is 27:2 (NAS)
- Am 9:14
- Is 25:6; compare Mt 8:11; 22:2; Lk 13:29; 14:15; 22:28–30; Re 19:9
- Mt 26:26–29; Mk 14:22–25; Lk 22:17–20; 1 Co 10:16; 11:23–25
- Lincoln, p. 848.
- John Gill's Exposition of the Bible Classic Bible Commentaries
- Magen Broshi (1984). "Wine in Ancient Palestine – Introductory Notes". Israel Museum Journal III: 21–40.
- Magen Broshi (1986). "The Diet of Palestine in the Roman Period – Introductory Notes". Israel Museum Journal V: 41–56.
- W. R. F. Browning (2004) . "Wine". A Dictionary of the Bible. Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-860890-5.
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- Ralph Earle (1986). "1 Timothy 5:13". Word Meanings in the New Testament. Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press. ISBN 0-8341-1176-4.
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- Matthew George Easton (1897a). "Vinegar". Easton's Bible Dictionary. Retrieved 2007-01-22.
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- R. Laird Harris, Gleason Archer, Bruce Waltke (1980). Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. Moody.
- Edwin Hatch and Henry Adeney Redpath (1998). Concordance to the Septuagint. with an extensive Hebrew index by Takamitsu Muraoka appended (2nd ed.). Baker Academic. ISBN 978-0-8010-2141-1.
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- Frederic Richard Lees and Dawson Burns (1870). "Appendix C-D". The Temperance Bible-Commentary. New York: National Temperance Society and Publication House. pp. 431–446.
- Henry Liddell and Robert Scott; Henry Stuart Jones and Roderick McKenzie (1940). A Greek-English Lexicon. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-864226-1.
- Bruce Lincoln (2005). "Beverages". In Lindsay Jones. Encyclopedia of Religion 2 (2nd ed.). MacMillan Reference Books. ISBN 978-0-02-865733-2.
- Jill Maynard, ed. (1997a). "Drunkenness". Illustrated Dictionary of Bible Life & Times. Pleasantville, New York: The Reader's Digest Association.
- Jill Maynard, ed. (1997b). "Wine". Illustrated Dictionary of Bible Life & Times. Pleasantville, New York: The Reader's Digest Association.
- Jill Maynard, ed. (1997c). "Wine Making". Illustrated Dictionary of Bible Life & Times. Pleasantville, New York: The Reader's Digest Association.
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