Daily Archives: August 30, 2013

Roman period wine presses at Eretz Israel Museum

The Eretz Israel Museum, located on the campus of Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, is a wonderful, educational museum to visit. Many of the exhibits are outside, including an archaeological tel (Tel Qasile), and others are in several different small buildings.

In the photo below we see two Roman period wine presses. (Common English versions use the spelling winepress.) The treading floors are on the left and the collecting vats are on the right.

Roman winepresses at Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Roman wine presses at Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The sign below provides needed explanation for those who have not seen a wine press from the Roman period.

Explanation of Roman winepresses at Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Explanation of the Roman wine presses at Eretz Israel Museum. Photo: Ferrell Jenkins.

One of the parables of Jesus illustrates how common such wine presses were in Biblical times.

“Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. (Matthew 21:33 ESV)

See a photo of the Byzantine wine press at Avdat here. The Museum website may be visited here.

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