Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord's Supper

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Making a Meal of It explores the background and implication of the Lord's Supper. Delving into its historical and Scriptural origins, Witherington argues that the Lord's Supper is a sacramental celebration of the community of God, designed to incorporate people of varying backgrounds. Excavating the diverse ways in which Scripture and early Christian tradition speak about the Lord's Supper, Witherington advocates that the meal is primarily about who the people of God are and how...
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Overview

Making a Meal of It explores the background and implication of the Lord's Supper. Delving into its historical and Scriptural origins, Witherington argues that the Lord's Supper is a sacramental celebration of the community of God, designed to incorporate people of varying backgrounds. Excavating the diverse ways in which Scripture and early Christian tradition speak about the Lord's Supper, Witherington advocates that the meal is primarily about who the people of God are and how they should thus live together.
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Witherington provides compelling answers to many of the crucial issues.

- E. Arnold, Professor and Chairman, Department of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602581906
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Ben Witherington, III (Ph.D. Durham) is Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and the author of more than 20 books, including The Problem with Evangelical Theology (Baylor University Press 2005) and Troubled Waters: Rethinking the Theology of Baptism (Baylor University Press 2007).
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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Passed Over, Past Due     1
From the Essenes to Jesus     17
The Table of the Entitled and the Table of the Lord: Eating and Drinking in Corinth     33
The Long Farewell: The Feast in John 13-17     63
Missing Supper: The Eucharist in Early Christianity     87
Second-century Sacraments     97
When the Meal Became the Mass     113
The Mystery of the Meal     127
Notes     145
Index     153\
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