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Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals (Andrew B McGowan) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 1999) 9780198269724
Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals (Andrew B McGowan) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 1999) 9780198269724
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Title: Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals

Author: McGowan, Andrew B

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1999

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198269724

Volumes: 1; Pages: 328

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The early Eucharist has usually been seen as sacramental eating of token bread and wine in careful or even slavish imitation of Jesus and his earliest disciples. In fact, the evidence suggests great diversity in conduct, including the use of foods, in the first few hundred years. This study describes and discusses these practices fully for the first time, and provides important new insights into the liturgical and social history of early Christianity.Table of ContentsAbbreviations 1 Liturgy, Meal, and Society 2 Ordering Food in Graeco-Roman Antiquity 3 Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals 4 Bread and Water in Early Asian and Syrian Christianity 5 Bread and Water in Radical Pseudepigrapha 6 Orthodox Use of Bread and Water 7 Bread and Water and the New Testament 8 To Gather the Fragments Select Bibliography Index Locorum Subject Index
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