Trajectories of Meals and Separate Eucharistic Events into the Third Century
presided by Nina Livesey and Deborah Saxon
presenters include Soham Al Suadi, Lillian Larsen, and Andrew Mcgowan
Three separate sessions were held for the Fall 2017 Christianity Seminar and this is Session Two. If you are looking to purchase an audio set of all three sessions, or would like to purchase the CDs, please click here.
As the Christianity Seminar enters its final stages of re-thinking a history of the first 200 years, its Fall 2017 meetings underlined how much new ground is being uncovered. This meeting summarized new findings concerning the ritual life of the early Christ groups in ways that force both larger scholarship and the public to re-think what was happening when these groups gathered. Reinforcing its new findings of other aspects of the first 200 years, the Seminar found that standard Christian baptism and eucharist were not practiced for much of the first 200 years of early Christ-movement activities. Rather full meals and a variety of bathing practices were at the heart of Christ movements’ ritual practices in the first two centuries.
This discussion took place at the Westar Institute Fall 2017 National Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.