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In the Beginning Was the Meal: Social Experimentation and Early Christian Identity [Hardcover]

By Hal Taussig (Author)
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What were the origins of the Eucharist? Taussig, a founding member of the SBL Seminar on Meals in the Greco-Roman World, brings a wealth of scholarship to bear on the question of Christian origins. He shows that in the Augustan age, common meals became the sites of dramatic experimentation and innovation regarding social roles and relationships, challenging expectations regarding gender, class, and status. Rich comparative material and rigorous ritual analysis reveal that it was in just such a swirl of experimentation that the early Christian assemblies, with their "love feasts" and "supper of the Lord," were born. This cutting-edge monograph sheds new light on the social context of early Christian gatherings, illuminating the origins of the Eucharist and of Christianity itself. Taussig draws important implications for the practice of Christian community today.

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Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   262
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.36" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.23 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2009
Publisher   Fortress Press
ISBN  0800663438  
ISBN13  9780800663438  


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A founding member of the Jesus Seminar, HALTAUSSIG isa pastor, professor ofBiblical literature and early Christianity, and author of numerous books. He teaches at Union Theological Seminary in NewYorkand the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College."

Hal Taussig currently resides in New York.

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