Valley of the Cluster

The spies sent to scout the land of Canaan return with a bunch of grapes so large it takes two men to carry it (Numbers 13: 23-27). Woodcut from the Cologne Bible, 1478-80. Thus says the Lord,“As the new wine is found in the cluster,And one says, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is benefit in it,’So …

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The Gospel of the Nazirites

31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly;32 At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper. 33 Your eyes will see strange things And your mind will utter perverse things.Proverbs 23:31-33 Art and literature play a powerful role in how we read and experience the …

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