Food and Fellowship in the Kingdom: Studies in the Eschatological Meal and Scenes of Nutritional Abundance in the New Testament

Smit, Peter-Ben (2008). Food and Fellowship in the Kingdom: Studies in the Eschatological Meal and Scenes of Nutritional Abundance in the New Testament. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe: Vol. 234. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 10.1628/978-3-16-151577-4

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Peter-Ben Smit undertakes the first encompassing study of New Testament eschatological meals and scenes of nutritional abundance. His study thus fillls a large gap in current research. In terms of its main contributions and emphases, the study challenges the widespread assumption that the origin of the imagery of eschatological meal fellowship and nutritional abundance can be found in Isa 25:6–8 by showing how the images of meal fellowship and nutritional abundance played a signicant role in the (utopian) thinking of the Ancient Near East as well as the Mediterranean world. Thus, the book helps to do away with widespread assumptions about these meals with its detailed studies of the individual texts. Furthermore, the typology of eschatological meals and scenes of nutritional abundance presented here will help to differentiate between different kinds of traditions and their various functions and emphases. Through the integration of the various texts in their socio-historical context, the author shows how these texts, particularly the eschatological meals, interact with
contemporary »symposiastic ideology.« At the same time, the book's synchronic backbone
facilitates a demonstration of how the various eschatological meals and scenes of nutritional
abundance interact with other meal scenes in the NT books discussed, and this leads to a better understanding of what kind of literary and theological interests the four canonical Gospels and the Apocalypse of John have in their use of these traditions and of banqueting scenes and scenes of nutritional abundance in general.

Item Type:

Book (Monograph)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Old Catholic Theology
01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Old Catholic Theology > Systematic Theology, Ecumenical Theology, Practical Theology

UniBE Contributor:

Smit, Peter-Ben

Subjects:

200 Religion > 220 The Bible
200 Religion > 240 Christian practice & observance
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

2568-7484

ISBN:

978-3-16-151577-4

Series:

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe

Publisher:

Mohr Siebeck

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Bernard Smit

Date Deposited:

30 Jul 2019 08:06

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:28

Publisher DOI:

10.1628/978-3-16-151577-4

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/130160

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