Luke, Didache, and Prayer of Thanksgiving: It Began with Meals
Monday, April 26, 2021
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Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig
This discussion studies meal-based gatherings of the first two hundred years of Christ communities. The three very different early texts are studied: Gospel of Luke 23:13-32; the Prayer of Thanksgiving from the Nag Hammadi Library; and a set of prayers from The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (Didache). These meals were joyous and very conversational gatherings with wide mixes of religious practices and theological directions. The study of these three texts helps point to the very meal-based practice of the first two centuries of Christ people gatherings and the early lack of the later church-based liturgical and mass-related ‘worship services.’ Click here to open a document with all the texts we used in the discussion.