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By Andrew B. McGowan

This creation to the origins of Christian worship illuminates the significance of old Christian worship practices for modern Christianity. Andrew McGowan, a number one student of early Christian liturgy, takes a clean method of realizing how Christians got here to worship within the targeted kinds nonetheless established at the present time. Deftly and expertly processing the bewildering complexity of the traditional assets into lucid, fluent exposition, he units apart universal misperceptions to discover the roots of Christian ritual practices--including the Eucharist, baptism, communal prayer, preaching, Scripture studying, and music--in their earliest recoverable settings. scholars of Christian worship and theology in addition to pastors and church leaders will price this paintings.

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And he said to them, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. ” (1€Cor. 11:23b–25 AT) “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. ” (Mark 14:22–25 AT) Paul’s account and Luke’s seem closely related, as Mark’s and Matthew’s are likewise; these two broad traditions we will call PL (Paul/Luke) and MM (Mark/Matthew). ) thanksgiving again. indd 42 6/16/14 5:54 PM ↜Meal: Banquet and Eucharist 29 From a certain distance, “blessing” and “thanksgiving” may not seem very different; they are both ways of acknowledging God’s grace for the meal.

Indd 54 6/16/14 5:54 PM ↜Meal: Banquet and Eucharist 41 authority, and those whose status and privilege was reflected in their roles as hosts and patrons.

The bread and wine to be shared in his ideal banquet are still staple foods, shared fairly—not odd, merely “sacramental,” additions to the meal. His advice was for moderation and above all for mutual consideration at table. Discerning the body—not only the body of Christ identified with the bread, but the body thus constituted by those who shared the bread—was the condition for celebrating a meal worthy to be thought of as “the Lord’s” (1€Cor. 11:27–29; cf. €20). Sacrifice at Corinth Food and drink themselves were important religious issues for the Corinthians and their neighbors.

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