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How did people store grape juice in Bible times?

q.gif (1639 bytes)     My understanding of grape juice is that it ferments naturally. If Timothy was told only to drink grape juice what did he drink when there was no grape juice available?


a.gif (1659 bytes)   Nehemiah 10:39 says, “For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of THE NEW WINE, and the oil, UNTO THE CHAMBERS, WHERE ARE THE VESSELS OF THE SANCTUARY, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.” They stored the new grape juice in vessels, and obviously had a way of sealing them, and thus keeping them from fermenting. Just like we can go and buy grape juice that is months old, but has been sealed in vessels, and it is not fermented.

Nehemiah 13:5 says, “And he had PREPARED FOR HIM A GREAT CHAMBER, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, THE NEW WINE, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.”

Nehemiah 13:12 says, “Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and THE NEW WINE and the oil UNTO THE TREASURIES.”

Luke 5:37,38 says, “And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and BOTH ARE PRESERVED.”

They had ways to preserve the grape juice without fermenting, just like we have ways to do the same today.

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