Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals

Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals

Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals

Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals

Synopsis

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.
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