Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord's Supper under Roman Domination during the First Century

Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord's Supper under Roman Domination during the First Century

by R. Alan Streett

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Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord's Supper under Roman Domination during the First Century by R. Alan Streett

Subversive Meals examines the Lord's Supper within the sociopolitical context of first-century Roman domination, and concludes that it was an anti-imperial praxis. Although the Christian communal meal looked much like a typical Roman banquet in structure, with a deipnon and a symposion, it was essentially different. The Roman meal supported the empire's ideology, honored Caesar and the gods, reinforced stratification among the masses, and upheld Rome's right to rule the world. The Christian meal, on the other hand, included hymns that extolled Jesus as Lord, prophecies that challenged Rome's ideological claims, and letters--read aloud--that promoted egalitarianism and instructed believers on how to live according to kingdom of God principles. Hence, the Christian banquet was an act of nonviolent resistance, or what James C. Scott calls a "hidden transcript."

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ISBN-13: 9781621897569
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 06/27/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

R. Alan Streett (PhD, University of Wales) is Senior Research Professor of Biblical Exegesis and the W. A. Criswell Endowed Chair of Expository Preaching at Criswell College, Dallas, Texas.

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