Wine & the Bible
September 13 – October 18, 2018
This six-week course explores the history of wine (and wine production) in the ancient Levant and its place in the literature of the Bible. The historical and literary-critical aspects of the topic will be explored through lectures on topics including the archaeology of wine, a survey of inscriptional evidence about wine from the pre-Hellenistic Levant, and readings of various biblical texts in which wine plays a prominent role (e.g., Gen 9:6; Isa 5:1-7; Song of Songs). Each lecture is then followed by a two-hour wine tasting. The tastings aim to introduce participants to the rich variety of wine currently being made around the world, with each tasting featuring 4-6 wines from a particular wine producing region. Lectures and tastings will take place at The Farminary, the seminary’s 21-acre farm in Lawrence Township.