Palestine has always been famous for its vines (Deut. 8:7–8). The growing of grapes was part of the regular occupation of the Israelites after the settlement in Canaan. The vine was frequently regarded as a symbol of the Jewish or Christian Church (Ps. 80:8–17; Isa. 5:1–7; 27:2–3; Jer. 2:21; Ezek. 19:10–14; Matt. 21:33–40; Mark 12:1–9; Luke 20:9–16; see especially John 15:1–8).