Meals in the Early Christian World Hardback

Social Formation, Experimentation, and Conflict at the Table

by Dennis E. Smith

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Meals in the Early Christian World

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In the past 20 years a new paradigm has emerged around the study of festive dining as a seminal social practice that functioned as the matrix for social formation of a variety of groups in the Greco-Roman world, including earliest Christianity and pre-Rabbinic Judaism. Most recently, an international team of scholars, organized as the Society of Biblical Literature Seminar on Meals in the Greco-Roman World, has developed this paradigm in a series of groundbreaking studies. This book provides a collection of those studies divided into three categories of investigation: 1) The Typology and Context of the Greco-Roman Banquet, 2) Who Was at the Greco-Roman Banquets, 3) The Culture of Reclining. These studies extend the scope of the influence of the meals and begin to detail their effects on a variety of Greco-Roman populations. Together they establish festive meals as an essential lens into social formation in the Greco-Roman world.

Meals in the Early Christian World by Dennis E. Smith was published by Palgrave Macmillan in December 2012. The ISBN for Meals in the Early Christian World is 9781137002884.

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Details for Meals in the Early Christian World

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (December 2012)
Number of Pages328
Thickness17 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code4069361
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