Meals in the Early Christian World: Social Formation, Experimentation, and Conflict at the Table

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In the past 20 years a new paradigm has emerged around the study of festive dining as a seminal social practice that functioned as the matrix for social formation of a variety of groups in the Greco-Roman world, including earliest Christianity and pre-Rabbinic Judaism. Most recently, an international team of scholars, organized as the Society of Biblical Literature Seminar on Meals in the Greco-Roman World, has developed this paradigm in a series of groundbreaking studies. This book provides a collection of those...

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Meals in the Early Christian World: Social Formation, Experimentation, and Conflict at the Table

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Overview

In the past 20 years a new paradigm has emerged around the study of festive dining as a seminal social practice that functioned as the matrix for social formation of a variety of groups in the Greco-Roman world, including earliest Christianity and pre-Rabbinic Judaism. Most recently, an international team of scholars, organized as the Society of Biblical Literature Seminar on Meals in the Greco-Roman World, has developed this paradigm in a series of groundbreaking studies. This book provides a collection of those studies divided into three categories of investigation: 1) The Typology and Context of the Greco-Roman Banquet, 2) Who Was at the Greco-Roman Banquets, 3) The Culture of Reclining. These studies extend the scope of the influence of the meals and begin to detail their effects on a variety of Greco-Roman populations. Together they establish festive meals as an essential lens into social formation in the Greco-Roman world.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781137002884
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/24/2012
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Abbreviations ix

Introduction Hal E. Taussig 1

Part I The Typology of the Greco-Roman Banquet

Chapter 1 A Typology of the Communal Meal Matthias Klinghardt 9

Chapter 2 The Greco-Roman Banquet as a Social Institution Dennis E. Smith 23

Part II The Archeology of the Banquet

Chapter 3 What Kinds of Meals Did Julia Felix Have? A Case Study of the Archeology of the Banquet Carolyn Osiek 37

Part III Who Was at the Greco-Roman Banquets?

Chapter 4 Social and Political Characteristics of Greco-Roman Association Meals Richard S. Ascough 59

Chapter 5 Banqueting Value's in the Associations: Rhetoric and Reality Philip A. Harland 73

Chapter 6 Women in Early Christian Meal Gatherings: Discourse and Reality Angela Standhartinger 87

Chapter 7 Remembering and Remembered Women in Greco-Roman Meals Ellen Bradshaw Aitken 109

Chapter 8 Present and Absent: Women at Greco-Roman Wedding Meals Susan Marks 123

Chapter 9 Evidence for Slaves at the Table in the Ancient Mediterranean: From Traditional Rural Festivals to Urban Associations Nancy A. Evans 149

Chapter 10 The Sex Trade and Slavery at Meals Carly Daniel-Hughes 165

Chapter 11 The Saturnalia in Greco-Roman Culture Angela Standhartinger 179

Chapter 12 Early Christian Meals and Slavery Lillian I. Larsen 191

Chapter 13 Slaves at Greco-Roman Banquets: A Response Jennifer A. Glancy 205

Part IV The Culture of Reclining: Corporeality, Sexuality, Intimacy

Chapter 14 Bodies in Motion, Bodies at Rest: Status, Corporeality, and the Negotiation of Power at Ancient Meals Carly Daniel-Hughes 215

Chapter 15 Temptations of the Table: Christians Respond to Reclining Culture Jennifer A. Glancy 229

Chapter 16 A Valentinian Response to the Culture of Reclining Ellen Bradshaw Aitken 239

Chapter 17 Monastic Meals: Resisting a Reclining Culture Lillian I. Larsen 245

Chapter 18 Inclined to Decline Reclining? Women, Corporeality, and Dining Posture in Early Rabbinic Literature Jordan D. Rosenblum 261

Bibliography 275

List of Contributors 297

Subject Index 301

Index of Works Cited 305

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