T&T Clark Handbook to Early Christian Meals in the Greco-Roman World

Al-Suadi, Soham; Smit, Peter-Ben (eds.) (2019). T&T Clark Handbook to Early Christian Meals in the Greco-Roman World. London: Bloomsbury

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This handbook situates early Christian meals in their broader context, with a focus on the core topics that aid understanding of Greco-Roman meal practice, and how this relates to Christian origins. In addition to looking at the broader Hellenistic context, the contributors explain the unique nature of Christian meals, and what they reveal about early Christian communities and the development of Christian identity.

Beginning with Hellenistic documents and authors before moving on to the New Testament material itself, according to genre - Gospels, Acts, Letters, Apocalyptic Literature - the handbook culminates with a section on the wider resources that describe daily life in the period, such as medical documents and inscriptions. The literary, historical, theological and philosophical aspects of these resources are also considered, including such aspects as the role of gender during meals; issues of monotheism and polytheism that arise from the structure of the meal; how sacrifice is understood in different meal practices; power dynamics during the meal and issues of inclusion and exclusion at meals.

Item Type:

Book (Edited Volume)

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:

Al-Suadi, Soham and Smit, Peter-Ben

Subjects:

200 Religion > 220 The Bible

ISBN:

9780567666406

Publisher:

Bloomsbury

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Bernard Smit

Date Deposited:

25 Mar 2020 11:59

Last Modified:

25 Mar 2020 11:59

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/141065

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