Sunday, July 10, 2005 AD

Bible and Beer?

Who'd have thought of it? This Kung Fu Master did.

Does the Bible itself mention beer? The references to “strong drink” — often coupled with mention of “wine” — quite possibly speak of beer. Why think this? It seems clear that “wine” and “strong drink” are two separate things, both of which can cause drunkenness. If the “strong drink” isn’t wine, it also wouldn’t be distilled spirits, such as brandy, since distillation is a much more recently developed process. Thus, “strong drink” is most likely a fermented beverage not made from grapes, but from grain or other vegetation. Whether or not some form of secondary fermentation adding carbon dioxide (and foam) was used is a matter of conjecture. So as we go through the following quotes, I recommend replacing “strong drink” with “beer” as you read.

And for you lovers of wine, this Kung Fu Master has one for you, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shakar means beer or some other grain beverage such as ale or porter. Not sure if they had hops.

It was one of the permitted uses of the tithe two out of three years in Deuteronomy 14.

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