An exploration of the role of fellowship meals in the ancient world and their significance to Paul's theology of the Lord's supper.
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Specifications: 229x153mm, 302pp
Published: March 2017
In Exclusion and Judgment in Fellowship Meals, Lanuwabang Jamir seeks to demonstrate that the tradition of fellowship meals in the ancient world form the background against which the Lord's Supper must be understood. Similarly, the basis of Paul's response to the situation in Corinth and his theology of the Lord's Supper is to be found in these traditions.
The role of the fellowship meal in Greco-Roman and Jewish culture indicate that it was an important institution that played a pivotal role in the functioning of society. Judgment was an integral part of the fellowship meal traditions and it made such meal practices all the more significant in ancient cultures. For example, Jamir reveals that social-economic factors were only part of the problem in Corinth, where differences in ideology were the underlying cause of divisions in the church. Paul's response to the problem shows that he upheld the fellowship meal traditions, linking sickness and death with the abuse of the Lord's Supper. The concept of judgment in the Lord's Supper, while based on the fellowship meal traditions, has been redefined in the light of the Gospel tradition.
Foreword by Steve Walton
1. Fellowship Meals: Practices in the Ancient World
2. Fellowship Meals: Their Roles and Functions in the Ancient World
3. Fellowship Meals in Corinth: The Abuse at the Lord's Supper
4. Judgment at the Lord's Supper in Corinth
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Ancient Sources
Lanuwabang Jamir is an Assistant Professor of New Testament and the Dean of Graduate Studies at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India.
A scholarly and fresh examination of the roots of the Lord's Supper in Corinth which has great relevance to issues that face us today. A book not only for the scholar, but also for the pastor and lay person who wish to study 1 Corinthians in greater depth. George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, 1992-2002
This thorough study is as fascinatingly illuminating of a whole range of socio-cultural practices around fellowship meals in the ancient world as it is exegetically sure-footed and discerning in its handling of the biblical text. Lanu Jamir brings the world of Paul's troublesome young church in Corinth vividly to life against a well-painted background. At the same time, we are led through some challenging theological and ethical insights into what it means to belong to those who share the privilege and the responsibility of eating and drinking at the table of the Lord. Christopher J.H. Wright, Director of International Ministries, Langham Partnership