The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, behold, a gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! And wisdom is justified by her works.
And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, “the old is better. Luke 5:39
Luke referred to fermented wine. Old grapes ferment.
Winebibber refers to someone who drinks habitually.
The first miracle Jesus performed took place at the wedding in Cana. He made wine from water.
His enemies called him a glutton and a winebibber. Though we know he was neither, he drank wine or they couldn‘t accuse him. Many of his parables spoke of wine. Read Matthew 21:33 and Mark 2:22 for examples.
How do we reconcile that with Proverbs 23:32, “Don’t look at the wine when it is red?”
Bible history experts mention first-century weak wine without defining the term. Howard Stern (not the one with the radio program) goes a step farther. He quotes texts from ancient works by Homer and Pliny. Homer wrote that winemakers diluted wine with twenty-parts water to one-part wine. Pliny’s article uses the ratio eight to one. He mentions others but calls their higher ratios strong wine. I believe Proverbs 23:33 refers to these. Other measurements are 5-1, 3-1 and others. But one to one makes strong wine.
If you drink enough wine diluted eight to one, you can get drunk. You will need to drink nine glasses to equal one glass of today’s wine. The seven-day marriage ceremonies common then might lead to guests who turned jolly.
Where do you stand on Christians drinking?
Please tell me in the comments.
Cayuga wine grapes.