Liturgy, Meal, and Society

Andrew McGowan

in Ascetic Eucharists

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780198269724
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683770 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Liturgy, Meal, and Society

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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

Chapter.  14264 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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