Sense of the Day: New Wine

SOTD-SocialShare-612x612Sense: new wine

n. — recently pressed grape juice, either ready for fermentation or having just begun to ferment.

And no one puts new wine (οἶνος νέος) into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine (οἶνος νέος) into fresh wineskins.”

Mk 2:22 (NRSV)

Today’s example verse from Mark is a familiar one. Discussions of this verse often revolve around the historical-cultural background of wineskins. What sometimes gets lost is that the Hebrew Bible also offers a broad background for the concept of “new wine” as well. Since the Bible Sense Lexicon works cross-testamentally, it allows us to explore that background quite easily. What we find is that “new wine” is often spoken of in the context of blessing and cursing as well as offering. With regard to blessing and cursing, we see “new wine” as a blessing in places like Deuteronomy 7:13, which is exemplary of other instances: “He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock, in the land which He swore to your forefathers to give you” (NASB). We see “new wine” in reference to cursing in places like Haggai 1:11: “And I have called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new wine, the oil, on what the soil produces, on human beings and animals, and on all their labors” (NRSV). In what ways, if at all, do you think this background information helps to enrich our understanding of today’s familiar verse?

What is the Bible Sense Lexicon?

Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.

The Bible Sense Lexicon is a Logos dataset available in Logos 5 Gold and higher base packages. If you’re enrolled in the Logos Academic Discount Program, you can also find the Bible Sense Lexicon in the Biblical Languages base package. Take your studies even further by exploring semantic domains, engaging the biblical text like never before.

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