[XTalk] The use of wine in Jesus Sitz im Leben
- Dear X-talkers,
In connection with a debate regarding alcohol abuse I recalled Crossan
mentioning one quest'er who's Jesus was a recovering alcoholic. (As it
happened this was also the case with the quest'er himself.)
There is no evidence that Jesus, like James the brother, actively
abstained from drinking as an act of piety. However, there are few
questions that I would like to receive this lists comments on:
1) Was fermenting grape-juice a practice common in all classes or was it
restricted to retainers and upward?
2) What value should be assigned to the remark in Luke 7:33-5 in this
3) What about the Eucharist? In the DSS Vermes argues (DSS in English, p.
7) that "New Wine" refers to unfermented grape-juice. The expression
appears in connection with the Lord's Supper in Mark. Was early
Eucharistic meals with fermented or unfermented grape-juice?