By Andrew McGowan

The early Eucharist has often been noticeable as sacramental consuming of token bread and wine in cautious or perhaps slavish imitation of Jesus and his earliest disciples. in reality, the facts indicates nice range in behavior, together with using meals, within the first few hundred years. This research describes and discusses those practices absolutely for the 1st time, and offers vital new insights into the liturgical and social heritage of early Christianity.

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3d ± 8/2/99 ± 15:28 ± disk/amj 24 Liturgy, Meal, and Society which present evidence that simply falls outside the paradigm. Theological reasons may perhaps be adduced to favour one set of practices, but this is not to say that such reasons are adequate, either as theology or as history. For di€erent scholars the paradigm varies somewhat, but in many cases there is some notion of an `essential' eucharist which lurks above as archetype, while the evidence is sorted through for the exemplars that bear the stamp of authenticity.

58 A cup is highlighted in the Didache, which supposedly exempli®es the model that should use bread only; the other example of this `Jerusalem' form, the Lord's Supper of the Apostolic Tradition, is in the wrong (geographical) place, and so on. 59 On those polemics and their e€ects on historical reconstruction of a related issue, see James Burtchaell, From Synagogue to Church: Public Services and Oces in the Earliest Christian Communities (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992). 3d ± 8/2/99 ± 15:28 ± disk/amj Liturgy, Meal, and Society 27 pleading is required to preserve the dichotomy in the form in which it stands.

Although quantity and nutrition are not the main subjects under discussion, these issues must always be kept in mind when considering the importance of particular foods and of food in general. After this I will deal with the relations between these `signs', discussing further consumption and non-consumption under headings which may draw together the further issues of order of most concern to Christian and other eaters. These are: the Graeco-Roman banquet, the `cuisine of sacri®ce', and aspects of asceticism.

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