Bread and Water in Early Asian and Syrian Christianity

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

Bread and Water in Early Asian and Syrian Christianity

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This chapter considers cases where bread and water are the elements of the eucharistic meal. It shows that the bread-and-water pattern is not simply a rare and extreme case of ‘encratite’ adaptation of the Christian eucharist, but an important and widespread tradition in early Eastern Christianity, especially in Syria and Asia.

Keywords: early Christianity; food; drink; Christian meals; bread; water; eucharistic meals

Chapter.  13830 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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