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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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Bread and Water in Radical Pseudepigrapha

Bread and Water in Radical Pseudepigrapha

(p.175) 5 Bread and Water in Radical Pseudepigrapha
Ascetic Eucharists

Andrew McGowan

Oxford University Press

The examples of bread-and-water tradition discussed so far have been somewhat disparate, and consist largely of passing indications or polemical descriptions from authors to whom the ascetic meal tradition was a curiosity or a danger. This chapter considers the Pseudo-Clementines and the apocryphal Acts, which present eucharistic meals using bread and water as a matter of course. The two bodies of literature also have in common the understanding that this use of food represents an alternative to pagan sacrificial meals, which in some cases are characterized as demonic.

Keywords:   early Christianity, food, drink, Christian meals, bread, water, eucharistic meals, Pseudo-Clementines, Acts

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