More On Biblical Beer And Johnny Mac

Jeff Meyers has just put up a quick post over at the Biblical Horizons blog arguing that Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 refers to biblical beer. Solomon says,

Cast your bread into the waters,
for you will find it after many days.
Give a portion to seven, or even to eight,
for you know not what disaster may happen in the land.

In the comments section, James Jordan points out that “an ancient fermented drink called kvass is made by soaking sourdough bread in water with sugar.”

Things aren’t looking so hot for MacArthur.

I’d encourage you to read the whole post.

Michael Homan believes that Solomon is advocating the brewing and serving of beer (“Beer Production by Throwing Bread into Water: A New Interpretation of Qoh IX.1-2,” Vestus Testamentum 52:2 [2002]: 275-278).

This looks really promising. First, there are all the references in Ecclesiastes to wine. Solomon advises godly folk to “drink wine” and enjoy life (9:7) with one’s spouse. And this exhortation to make beer and share it with others fits with the idea that the troubles of this life are best alleviated with a joyful reception of food and drink with others (2:24, 25; 3:13; 5:11, 18; 8:15; 9:7).

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