yayin references, on the flipside
ButhFam at compuserve.com
Fri Jan 25 03:11:05 EST 2002
While you are looking for yayin references to refer to `asis `anavim,
I thought you might like something from the other side.
... Like metaphors that might be thought of as "grape juice" by those
outside the culture, that in actual fact referred to 'wine'.
"pri ha-gefen" 'fruit of the vine' was liturgically used in the blessing
over wine. While it is only recorded in the Mishna, beraxot, c. 220CE,
it is certainly considerably more ancient: the phrase turns up in the
the last supper setting, and other blessings are equally being used already
the time the gospels were written: "she-ha-kol nihyah bidvaro" 'that
everything has come into being through his word' cf. John 1.1-3, and the
lack of ever spelling out the words of blessing of Jesus in the gospels
likewise points to the reasonable expectation that everyone knew what he
said. "barux ata ... ha-motsi leHem min ha-arets.
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