‘He is a Glutton and a Drunkard’: Deviant Consumption in the Hebrew Bible Rebekah Welton uses interdisciplinary approaches to explore the social and ritual roles of food and alcohol in Late Bronze Age to Persian-period Syro-Palestine (1550 BCE–400 BCE). This contextual backdrop throws into relief episodes of consumption deemed to be excessive or deviant by biblical writers. Welton emphasises the social networks of the household in which food was entangled, arguing that household animals and ritual foodstuffs were social agents, challenging traditional understandings of sacrifice. For the first time, the accusation of being a ‘glutton and a drunkard’ (Deut 21:18-21) is convincingly re-interpreted in its alimentary and socio-ritual contexts.
Rebekah Welton, Ph. D. (2018), University of Exeter, is Lecturer in Jewish Studies at that university. She has publications on the roles of animals, food and alcohol in Israelite cultures as well as on retellings of biblical texts in popular visual media, such as video games.
All interested in Israelite religions and household religions specifically, especially with an emphasis on the integration of material culture and anthropological approaches in the interpretation of biblical texts.