Master of Arts (MA)
Primary Subject Area
Religion, Biblical Studies
banquet, Corinthians, eucharist, Last Supper, Lord's Supper, symposium
From the beginning, one of the predominant elements of worship within the church was the celebration of the eucharist. Much scholarship has been done on the eucharist, examining the observance through the disciplines of church history, theology, New Testament studies, and ecclesiology. This thesis merely aims to complement current scholarship in the area of eucharistic origins. The question examined is this: "Did the Corinthian church model their eucharist observance upon the existing Greco-Roman banquet model?" In answering that question, exegetical work is presented on 1 Cor 11:17-34, the banquet is examined as to form and function, and parallels are made between the two. The study leads to important applications in contemporary eucharistic thought and practice.