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Ascetic EucharistsFood and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals$
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Andrew McGowan

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269724

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269724.001.0001

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Liturgy, Meal, and Society

Liturgy, Meal, and Society

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(p.1) 1 Liturgy, Meal, and Society
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Ascetic Eucharists
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Andrew McGowan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269724.003.0001

This chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which argues that serious consideration of the food and drink of the eucharistic meals of early Christianity in social and cultural perspective helps create the possibility of a new and somewhat different historical picture of the diversity of eucharistic practice in the first few centuries, as well as offers potential insight into the meanings of food in these various meals. It then explains the method and rationale of the enquiry in this book.

Keywords:   early Christianity, food, drink, eucharistic meals, social theory, Christian meal

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