Ascetic Eucharists

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Author  Andrew McGowan
Publisher  Clarendon Press
Publication Date   July 29, 1999
ISBN  0198269722
Pages  328

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The early Eucharist has usually been seen as sacramental eating of token bread and wine in careful or even slavish imitation of Jesus and his earliest disciples. In fact, the evidence suggests great diversity in conduct, including the use of foods, in the first few hundred years. This study describes and discusses these practices fully for the first time, and provides important new insights into the liturgical and social history of early Christianity.

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