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Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age
Heskett, Randall and Joel Butler

New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 pp. xiv + 274. £15.99


Description: A fascinating journey through ancient wine country that reveals the drinking habits of early Christians, from Abraham to Jesus. Wine connoisseur Joel Butler teamed up with biblical historian Randall Heskett for a remarkable adventure that travels the biblical wine trail in order to understand what kinds of wines people were drinking 2,000 to 3,500 years ago. Along the way, they discover the origins of wine, unpack the myth of Shiraz, and learn the secrets of how wine infiltrated the biblical world. This fascinating narrative is full of astounding facts that any wine lover can take to their next tasting, including the myths of the Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and Jewish wine gods, the emergence of kosher wine, as well as the use of wine in sacrifices and other rites. It will also take a close a look at contemporary modern wines made with ancient techniques, and guide the reader to experience the wines Noah (the first wine maker!) Abraham, Moses and Jesus drank.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History

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Review by Sonya S. Cronin
Published 7/14/2016
Citation: Sonya S. Cronin, review of Randall Heskett and Joel Butler, Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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