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“Fencing the Altar”: Jesus, Judas and Eucharistic Discipline

King, Fergus J. (2016) “Fencing the Altar”: Jesus, Judas and Eucharistic Discipline. Compass: a review of topical theology, 50 (1). pp. 30-38. ISSN 1036-9686

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The practice of excommunication has, in recent years, been used in a minatory way in both political and ecclesial debates. This paper examines whether this is appropriate by a review of the foundational texts of the practice and comments made by later theologians. A close reading of such texts raises questions about the practice of excommunication which has been based on them, and whether they might not indicate the practice of self-examination and -regulation as much as an institutional discipline. Further, following the work of Francis Moloney SDB, the Johannine Supper Narrative suggests that Jesus' own practice, in sharing this eucharistic prototype with Judas, indicates that self-regulation is a more appropriate way of policing eucharistic reception.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Eucharist, excommunication, expulsion, Judas Iscariot, Last Supper, self-regulation
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 04:42
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2016 04:48
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2066

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