Bread and Water in Radical Pseudepigrapha

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 Radical Pseudepigrapha

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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

Chapter.  10499 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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