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Wine-press


Wine-press. From the scanty notices contained in the Bible we gather that the wine-presses of the Jews consisted of two receptacles or vats placed at different elevations, in the upper one of which the grapes were trodden, while the lower one received the expressed juice. The two vats are mentioned together only in Joel 3:13: “The press is full: the fats overflow”—the upper vat being full of fruit, the lower one overflowing with the must. [Wine.] The two vats were usually hewn out of the solid rock. Isa. 5:2, margin; Matt. 21:33. Ancient wine-presses, so constructed, are still to be seen in Palestine.

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Egyptian Wine-press.

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Egyptians expressing the Juice of the Grape.