Tuesday, January 11, 2011

World's oldest winery

Today's Jerusalem Post carried an article on the discovery of the world's oldest winery. It is said to date back 6,000 years and was discovered in Armenia, which is located just to the east of modern-day Turkey.

So why is this important?

First, Armenia near Mount Ararat, which is where the ark landed after the flood. Second, the Bible's internal chronological markers places the flood about 6,000 years ago. In reading the Jerusalem Post story I was reminded of what happened to Noah following the flood. "Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard. And he drank of the wine and became drunk" (Gen. 9:20-21a).

This is not Noah's winery...but it is a good reminder that archaeological discoveries can help illuminate the Bible!

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