In the Beginning Was the Meal
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About "In the Beginning Was the Meal"
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.
Meet the Author
Hal Taussig (Ph.D. from Union Institute) is Pastor of Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church in Philadelphia and Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary, and co-author of Reimagining Christian Origins (Trinity, 1996); Wisdoms Feast: Sophia in Study and Celebration (Sheed & Ward, 1997); Many Tables: TheEucharist in the New Testament and Liturgy Today (SCM, 1990) and most recently In the Beginning Was the Meal: Social Experimentation and Early Christian Identity
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