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Paul and Common Meal : Re-Socialization of the Christian Community
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George Philip.
Bibliographical Details xxxii, 236 p. 25 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351482073
ISBN-13 9789351482079, 978-9351482079
Year of Publication 2017.
Series Biblical Hermeneutics Rediscovered - 7.
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This book deals with the Paul's attitude to the social dynamics of Pauline community's practice of the common meal. A study of Paul's attitude to the common meals would help us to see as to how far Paul could identify with the socio-cultural practices of first century CE Greco-Roman world and to what extent he dissociated himself from such contexts by virtue of his Christian convictions. The objective of Paul in the continuation of common meal is the social integration of diverse social units of the church thereby strengthening the community life of believers in the Lord.

The work is a valuable compendium of research on meals in Judaic and Greco-Roman antiquity.




List of Abbreviations


      Aim and Objective

      Method and Definitions

      Common Meal and History of Interpretation

1. Hebraic and Greco-Roman Meal Tradition

      Common Meals in the Hebrew Scripture

      Common Meals in the Intertestamental Period

      Common Meals in the Greco-Roman World

      Characteristics and Propaganda of Greco-Roman Meal Tradition

2. Social World of Pauline Christianity : The Churches in Corinth and Galatia

      Social Groups and Individual Identification

      Social Symbolic Images

      Paul's Attitude Towards Social Positions

      Church at Corinth and Common Meals

      Church at Galatia and Jewish Identity

3. Jesus and Common Meal

      Jesus' Meal Fellowship with the Sinners

      The Call of Disreputable Disciples

      Two Feeding Stories (Mk 6:30-44, 8:1-10)

      Controversies with the Pharisees

      Meal Metaphors in Parables

      Jesus and Food in John's Gospel

      The Agapaic Nature of Jesus' Meals

4. Paul's Churches and Common Meal

      Meal and Immorality (1Cor 5:9-13)

      Meal and Idol Food (1Cor 8:1-13)

      Meal at Cultic and Non-Cultic Context (1Cor 10:14-11:1)

      Meal at a Non-Cultic Context (1Cor 10:23-11:1)

      Excursus: (1) Reconciliation of Two Views on Idolatry

      Excurses: (2) Meals in Romans 14:1-15:13

      Agape Meal (1Cor 11:17-34)

      The Meal at Antioch (Gal 2:11-14)

5. Paul's Attitude Towards Common Meal

      Meal Contexts According to Pauline Epistles

       Critical Stand Towards Meal Tradition

      Paul's Affiliation Towards Jesus' Meals

      Paul and the Conrinthian Community

      Paul and the Galatian Community



Index of Subjects

Index of Authors

George Philip, MA (Sociology), MA (Philosophy), M.Th, D.Th (New Testament), is an associate professor of New Testament and Greek language at Bethel Bible College, Guntur, A.P. Earlier he taught at MBCBC (Mennonite Brethren Centenary Bible College), Shamshabad, Telangana (2007-09). He has also authored several articles in various journals. Now, he stays in Guntur with his wife, Priya and children, Aksa and Jerim.

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