Wine and Olive oil, Religion and Peace
From the ancient biblical times, olive trees and wine were considered to be the main symbols of the Mediterranean countries. Olive oil from Israel was used in everyday life as medicine, cosmetics and light, as well as religious rituals, such as crowning of kings, purification etc.
The olive branch was first mentioned in Genesis as a symbol of peace, and still symbolizes peace nowadays. The united nations’ symbol, for instance, contains two olive branches which are placed in a circle around the globe.
“…you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.”
In the ancient world of the Mediterranean countries, wine from Israel had an important role as well. Especially for pleasure, medicine and ritual. Many stories in the new and old testament mention vine and wine making as symbols of abundance and health, and contain warnings of overconsumption.
Since then, wine drinking has been an integral part of the Jewish religion on holidays and Friday dinners, and of the Christian religion during the mass. There is no wonder that Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine (which symbolizes Jesus himself) at the wedding at Cana.
“Every man setteth on first the good wine; and when men have drunk freely, then that which is worse: thou hast kept the good wine until now”.
Galilee 33’s gift baskets contain high standard organic olive oil and red dry wine (Cabernet Sauvignon 2011), grown and made by christian families from the Galilee, where Jesus lived and taught.
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