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In the bible, does "wine" mean grape juice or alcohol?

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Asked by 35yoamom at 12:07 AM on Nov. 9, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • People would get drunk off it, so I definitely think it was alcohol, not grape juice.


    Answer by RoisinC at 3:11 AM on Nov. 9, 2011

  • This is a bone of contention in much of the Christian community, people like to say the wine they referred to was non alcoholic , I don't believe that I believe it was alcoholic, people got drunk in the bible and some did crazy things, so I doubt that was off of grape juice.

    Answer by Princess_s21 at 5:02 AM on Nov. 9, 2011

  • Unless you are getting drunk on grapjuice it would be wine

    International Standard Version (©2008)
    and said to him, "Everyone serves the best wine first, and the cheap kind when people are drunk. But you have kept the best wine until now!"

    Answer by vntNyll at 5:53 AM on Nov. 9, 2011

  • English Standard Version (©2001)
    and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

    Answer by vntNyll at 5:53 AM on Nov. 9, 2011

  • As you can see from the two different versions the word is translated different but still says the same thing. They drank freely and now will not taste the cheaper stuff.

    Answer by vntNyll at 5:54 AM on Nov. 9, 2011

  • The bible mentions getting drunk from the wine, which would add to the argument that it is not just juice.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 7:45 AM on Nov. 9, 2011

  • wine, of course

    Answer by adnilm at 8:38 AM on Nov. 9, 2011

  • For much of human history, alcoholic beverages were the safest thing to drink, so I'm sure "wine" means "wine."

    Answer by SWasson at 9:30 AM on Nov. 9, 2011

  • It was definitely fermented, at least somewhat alcoholic wine. Without refrigeration in the Middle East's climate, fresh juice is impossible to store. It ferments quickly into wine.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 9:31 AM on Nov. 9, 2011

  • It makes sense, when you know the history of wine, that the wine in the Bible is of the alcoholic variation. According to a Persian fable, wine was discovered by accident when a princess attempted to poison herself with some spoiled grapes left in a jar. The tale states she became giddy and intoxicated and fell asleep. She discovered after she woke that the spoiled grapes had helped her get rid of her stresses. It is believed ancient Egyptians had even learned the effects of temperature on wine because of many sunken jars they have found. Ancient Egyptian royalty drank wine, workers drank beer. All of these tales and theories have one thing in common... the wine was made from spoiled grapes, or in other words, fermented. Of course, the fermentation process today is much more refined, and it's possible that our alcohol is quite different, but the idea is still the same, and wine is definitely not grape juice.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 10:40 AM on Nov. 9, 2011

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