Why Are Extremely Large Wine Bottles Named after Biblical Kings? https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2017/07/why-are-extremely-large-wine-bottles-named-after-biblical-kings/

The convoluted story of jeroboams, rehoboams, methuselahs, and more.

July 19, 2017 | Philologos
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Bottles of Taittinger champagne. Madison Wine Exchange.

Ours is not a Bible-reading age. Ask the average American what the names Jeroboam, Rehoboam, Nebuchadnezzar, and Shalmaneser have in common and he is more likely to guess that all belong to rock bands than that they belong to biblical kings. And even though ours is a wine-drinking age, how many of those who know the right answer would know that there is a second answer, too: namely, that these same names also denote different sizes of wine bottles?

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