BAR 37:04, Jul/Aug 2011
The Bible in the News: 30 A.D.—A Miraculous Vintage
Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine is recorded in the second chapter of the Gospel of John. The Fourth Gospel tells us that the miracle occurred during a wedding celebration in the Galilean town of Cana where Jesus, his mother and his disciples were among the guests. Popular allusions to this event, however, typically jettison the Biblical details, focusing almost entirely on the “miraculous” nature of turning water into wine.
Nowhere is this more evident than on the fields of sport. Thus, while Harry Redknapp, manager of the Tottenham soccer team, “insisted it would be a ‘miracle’ if [his team] qualified for the Champions League,” according to London’s Daily Mail, Redknapp “could go a long way towards turning water into wine by winning at Blackpool.” In fact, it would seem that soccer fields are veritable breeding grounds for “miracles.” There is this, from Ireland’s The Sun: “The Sash were living off scraps, but Kildare sharpshooter Alan Smith was turning water into wine with what little ball fell his way.”