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Rethinking Eucharistic Origins

McGowan, Andrew B. (2010) Rethinking Eucharistic Origins. Pacifica, 23 (2). pp. 173-191. ISSN 1030-570X

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Abstract

Accounts of Eucharistic origins have usually been driven byconcern to establish the genealogy of later liturgical practices, and reflect broader narratives of early Christian history as either smooth transitionor radical fall from primitive ideals. A more comprehensive account ofearly Eucharistic practice must give attention to Greco-Roman meal con-ventions, acknowledge the diversity of form and meaning in earlyChristian meals, and be more cautious about grand narratives. It wouldallow for consideration not only of the explicit theologies of prayer texts, but of implicit meanings involved in ritual, foods and other elements ofmeals. Such an emerging new paradigm may provide both a moreadequate narrative of the development of the Christian Eucharist inclassical historical terms, and richer interpretations of meals as a keyaspect of early Christian practice.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: 'origins of Eucharist', 'Greco-Roman meal conventions'
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2011 04:05
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 01:36
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/819

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