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Symbolism of wine in Biblical messages in a cultural context

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Old Testament   New Testament   wine   Passover   Last Supper


The subject of this study will be an analysis of these ancient texts, including the Old and New Testaments, in which wine is discussed. A method of contextual analysis of literary text in general and biblical texts in particular will be used. Closer analysis of these texts shows that wine used in moderation strengthens and stimulates. The Book of Wisdom of Syrach says: “Wine gives life if drunk in moderation. What is life worth without wine? It came into being to make people happy. Drunk at the right time and in the right amount, wine makes for a glad heart and a cheerful mind” (Sir 31:27-28; see also Prov. 31:6-7). Pagans who worshiped the divine forces of nature also considered the excitement and cheering of the wine divine. The Greeks worshiped in Dionysus (Bacchus), the god of vine growing, as if a savior who frees him from worries and gives life joy. In the ancient East, the vine was identified with the “herb of life”, and the Sumerian sign of “life” was originally a grape leaf. The grapevine is a floral motif representing immortality, just as in archaic messages wine was always considered a symbol of youth and eternal life. In the New Testament, wine is made primarily as one of the matter of the Last Supper and the Eucharist. From this it can be concluded that wine is not only a thirst quenching drink and cheering up the human heart, but also becomes the basis for a spiritually healthy lifestyle

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E-Wydawnictwo. Prawnicza i Ekonomiczna Biblioteka Cyfrowa. Wydział Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

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ISBN 978-83-66066-83-0 (druk)   ISBN 978-83-66066-84-7 (online)






(Prace Naukowe Wydziału Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego)   (E-Monografie ; nr 153)

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