The Temperance Bible-Commentary – Dr. F.R. Lees & Rev. D. Burns

Giving at one view Version, Criticism, and Exposition, in regard to all passages of Holy Writ bearing on ‘wine’ and ‘strong drink,’ or illustrating the principles of the temperance reformation.

By Dr. Frederic Richard Lees, F.S.A. and Rev. Dawson Burns, M.A., 1870, National Temperance Society and Publication House, New York.

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Water to wine miracle: NO REASON to assume it’s ALCOHOLIC wine

Six waterpots on stairs next to wall
At a wedding in Cana…

NOT ALL oinos wine is alcoholic. (See also: broad meaning of wine (oinos) – documented.)

The burden of proof here rests with the advocate of alcoholic wine…’

—Frederick Richard Lees & Dawson Burns, The Temperance Bible-Commentary

When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine [oinos]… the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk [are satisfied], then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

John 2:9-10 NKJV.

See also: Bible says be sober again and again.

Oinos a generic word: NOT ALL oinos wine alcoholic (water to wine)

oinos is used in the Septuagint for both fermented and unfermented grape juice. Since it can mean either one, it is valid to insist that in some cases it may simply mean grape juice and not fermented wine.

…the Roman writer Cato, in his treatise On Agriculture, gave this prescription: “If you wish to keep new wine sweet the whole year round, put new wine in a jar, cover the stopper with pitch, place the jar in a fishpond, take it out after the thirtieth day; you will have sweet wine all the year round.” Continue reading “Water to wine miracle: NO REASON to assume it’s ALCOHOLIC wine”