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Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals
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 impo ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published July 29th 1999 by OUP Oxford
(first published May 20th 1999)
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Summary: Ascetic Eucharists by Andrew McGowan is a landmark book in early Christian studies both for its methodology and its content. Its successful marrying of anthropological techniques, broad familiarity with the ancient world, and close reading of texts provide a benchmark for future research. Though at times the monograph betrays its origins as a dissertation, the writing is overall quite clear and engaging. McGowan shows how the move from development to diversity in early Christian practic ...more