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Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals

Andrew McGowan

Abstract

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 its conduct, including the use of foods, in the first few hundred years. Eucharistic meals involving cheese, milk, salt, oil, and vegetables are attested, and some have argued that even fish was used. The most significant exception to using bread and wine, however, was a ‘bread-and-water’ Chr ... More

Keywords: early Eucharist, bread, wine, Jesus, diversity, cheese, milk, salt, vegetables, pagan sacrifice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269724
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269724.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew McGowan, author
Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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