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Posted by Jonathank5 on December 2, 2012 at 6:08 AM · Report this
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They didn't have water filtration and adding a little bit of an alcoholic beverage would guard against illness without being enough to intoxicate, though the people drinking it wouldn't understand the science of why this worked.

Many ancient cultures did this. Drinking pure water was a fool's game, especially within a city.
Posted by Zuulabelle http://www.mellophant.com on December 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM · Report this
Fnarf 3
@2, and yet it's still true today!
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on December 2, 2012 at 7:18 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
Now I understand. The people who wrote the bible were a bunch of drunk winos. It explains everything.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 2, 2012 at 7:28 AM · Report this
NotSean 5
This passage is not meaty enough for Slog.

Find that one regarding the proper place to ride one's donkey. Should they stick to the Romans' donkey lanes? Are the lanes effective?

Posted by NotSean on December 2, 2012 at 7:31 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 6
Alcohol: The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 2, 2012 at 8:32 AM · Report this
BLUE 7
Tim said that just cause he hadn't yet figured out gin or vodka.
Posted by BLUE on December 2, 2012 at 8:37 AM · Report this
Roosevelt 8
Actually, Paul wrote this in a letter to Timothy.
Posted by Roosevelt http://www.youtube.com/user/matthewcobrien?feature=mhum on December 2, 2012 at 8:39 AM · Report this
Posted by Rob in Baltimore http://www.wishbookweb.com/ on December 2, 2012 at 9:18 AM · Report this
BLUE 10
Ach! I fail at Bible. I guess I will stick to water for mine stomach's sake and science for mine often infirmities.
Posted by BLUE on December 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM · Report this
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At a time when water was not safe to drink, mixing in wine was one solution. The other was to make the water into beer and drink that. Between them, the beer was more intoxicating.

Wine was commonly diluted before drinking back then. Even today, it won't hurt you any to drink your wine in a 2:1 mix with water.
Posted by Charlie Mas on December 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM · Report this
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#8 - Technically no. Paul died in the late 60s. Titus and the Timothies can be dated to the middle of the next century by things they say about theology and church structure. It was pretty common back in the day to write something and attribute it to someone famous to give it legitimacy.
Posted by LadyAlice on December 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM · Report this
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#11 Someone told me that wine isn't alcoholic enough to make it clean, and that the reason beer works for this is because you boil the water as part of the brewing process. Also, in the Roman empire wine was usually mixed with 5 parts water (at least at the beginning of the party), so even if the alcohol would kill some of the bacteria, that seems pretty heavily diluted.
Posted by LadyAlice on December 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 14
@13 The reason Rome prospered was the aqueducts brought fresh, clean water into the city. It was probably cleaner than our own.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 2, 2012 at 10:32 AM · Report this
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Is that a commandment or more a suggestion? I will take it regardless but just curious :-)
Posted by dutchie on December 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 16
@14, well, not exactly. It had a very high lead content. Which may have been more responsible than anything for the fall of the Roman Empire.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on December 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 17
@16 Well, not exactly. The minerals in the water covered the lead pipes. It was the lead oxide in their make-up and cooking pots that caused them problems.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
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@18. Is there no topic you can't link back to sodomy? You think about it more than I do, and I'm queer.
Posted by Clayton on December 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM · Report this
sperifera 21
@13 - Actually wine is clean of pathogens, as the fermentation process, the finished alcohol and the ph (typically about 3.0) are pretty impervious to water-bound undesirables.
Posted by sperifera on December 2, 2012 at 5:22 PM · Report this
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I know some historical re-enactors who play Romans. They drink something called posca, a cup of wine and a tablespoon of vinegar in a gallon of water. Ancient Gatorade. The alcohol and acetic acid would gang up on the bugs.
Posted by Nonymous on December 2, 2012 at 7:55 PM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 23
18, The Roman Empire fell after it accepted Christianity. There were many factors that contributed to it's downfall, but sodomy had absolutely nothing to do with it. Seriously, your home schooling is showing.
Posted by Rob in Baltimore http://www.wishbookweb.com/ on December 3, 2012 at 4:00 AM · Report this
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Finally! Something the Bible and I agree on.
Posted by soldia on December 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
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This was part of a primitive effort to develop drinking games, but like correspondence chess, it's a little slow for average tastes.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on December 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM · Report this
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@12 " It was pretty common back in the day to write something and attribute it to someone famous to give it legitimacy. "

You mean like writing an entire delusional book, and attribute it to God?
Posted by juli81 on December 4, 2012 at 6:53 AM · Report this

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