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Contagious Holiness: Jesus' Meals with Sinners (Craig L Blomberg) Paperback Book, (InterVarsity Press, 2005) 9780830826209
Contagious Holiness: Jesus' Meals with Sinners (Craig L Blomberg) Paperback Book, (InterVarsity Press, 2005) 9780830826209
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Title: Contagious Holiness: Jesus' Meals with Sinners

Author: Blomberg, Craig L

Publisher: InterVarsity Press; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9780830826209

Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

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One of humanity's most basic and common practices--eating meals--was transformed by Jesus into an occasion of divine encounter. In sharing food and drink with his companions, he invited them to share in the grace of God. His redemptive mission was revealed in his eating with sinners, repentant and unrepentant alike.

Jesus' "table fellowship" with sinners in the Gospels has been widely agreed to be historically reliable. However, this consensus has recently been challenged, for example, by the claim that the meals in which Jesus participated took the form of Greco-Roman symposia--or that the "sinners" involved were the most flagrantly wicked within Israel's society, not merely the ritually impure or those who did not satisfy strict Pharisaic standards of holiness.

In this excellent and thorough study, Craig Blomberg engages with the debate and opens up the significance of the topic. He surveys meals in the Old Testament and the intertestamental period, examines all the Gospel texts relevant to Jesus' eating with sinners, and concludes with some contemporary applications.


Series preface

Author's preface


1. The current debate

"Sinners who need no repentance" Did Jesus really eat with the wicked?

Forming friendships but evading enemies

- Meals in the Old Testament

- The Pentateuch

- The historical books

- The Wisdom literature

- The prophets


3. Contagious impurity

- Intertestamental developments

- Old Testament Apocrypha

- The pseudepigrapha

- Qumram and the Dead Sea Scrolls

- Greco-Roman symposia


4. Jesus the consummate party animal?

- Jesus' eating with sinners in the Gospels I: material not distinctive to Luke

Levi's party: Mark 2:13-17 and parallels

- Feasting in the wilderness: Mark 6:30-44 and parallels

- A repeat miracle: Mark 8:1-10 and parallels

- How not to win friends and influence people: Matthew 8:11-16 and parallel

- A glutton and a drunkard: Matthew 11:19 and parallels

- Tax collectors and prostitutes: Matthew 21:31-32

- The joy of new wine: John 2:1-11

- A meal of reinstatement: John 21:1-14

- Summary and conclusion

5. Pervasive purity

- Jesus' eating with sinners in the Gospels II: material distinctive to Luke

- A "sinner in the city": Luke 7:36-50

- Hospitality versus holiness: Luke 10:38-42

- A meal turned sour: Luke 11:37-54

- A cagey host and a rude guest: Luke 14:1-24

- A scandalous summary: Luke 15:1-32

- Zacchaeus short-changed? Luke 19:1-10

- Cleopas and company: Luke 24:13-35

- Summary and conclusion

6 The potential of contemporary Christian meals

- Conclusions and applications

- Summary



Index of modern authors

Index of Scripture references

Index of ancient sources

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