Also cited by Shuli Barzilai . . .
In Tales of Bluebeard and His Wives from Late Antiquity to Postmodern Times (2009), pages 10-11, Shuli Barzilai cites my online article "'Ethical' Dualism of Food in The Gospel of John":
Furthermore, in both early Jewish and Christian sources, connotations of corruption and death accrue to vinegar as a form of spoiled or overfermented wine. For confirmation that "rabbinical tradition considered vinegar a 'cursed' substance," Jeffery Hodges cites the reiteration in the Babylonian Talmud and the Jerusalem Talmud of a mishnaic ruling attributed to Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi ("Judah the Prince"): Over vinegar....R. Judah says, Anything which is in the nature of a curse: one does not say a Blessing over it."In my article, I was identifying vinegar as wine gone bad, indeed cursed, in contrast to the good wine of the miracle at Cana.
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