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Wine in Ancient Israel

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The word wine is mentioned over 200 times in the Bible, either in a real or symbolic sense.
Take, for example, Isaiah 5:11
Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
that they may run after strong drink,
who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them!
Or from Isaiah 25:6
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Engagements and Weddings in Biblical Israel

With Valentines Day approaching, romance is in the air. Romance leads to love and —sometimes—love leads to weddings. Who doesn’t love a wedding?
What were weddings like in Biblical Israel? Surely they couldn’t have been as elaborate as today’s affairs, with their magazines, wedding planners, to-do lists and five-figure price tags
Yet, in at least two […]

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Where to Find Your Bliss if You Love Ancient History

Photo from: Stephanie Landsem
I love old things. If you’re reading this blog, chances are you do too.
A shimmering skyscraper leaves me dizzy but unimpressed. The ruins of the Forum in Rome, however, leave me speechless. I’m happy to sit for hours on a bench near the House of the Vestal Virgins, soaking up history—preferably with […]

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