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Utilizing fresh insights into the character of early Christian groups as non secular institutions, this e-book bargains a brand new reconstruction of the origins and improvement of the weekly Christian amassing and its constitutive components

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Philo’s ‘Therapeutae’ Reconsidered (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), 3–170. 43 Philo, Contempl. 40–63. 44 Philo, Contempl. 66–90. 2–13. 17–21. , Ant. 214–216. 42 28 chapter one suppers held by Jews, it is not clear whether these suppers in Parium and Rome were events which took place weekly, monthly, yearly, or at other intervals. 50 For the custom of holding a weekly association supper, there is no pre-70 Jewish analogy. 51 Philo reports that the Therapeutae held their cultic assembly on the Sabbath.

Inscriptiones Graecae II2 I, 1–2: Inscriptiones Atticae Euclidis anno posteriores (Berlin: Reimer, 1913), n. 1368, pp. 650–651. 30 For the inscription of Zeus Hypsistos association see, PLond 2710 = F. Preisigke et al. (eds), Sammelbuch griechischer Urkunden aus Ägypten, Fünfter Band (Wiesbaden: Harassowitz, 1955), n. 7835. R. Horsley, New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity, vol. 1 (North Ryde, Australia: The Ancient History Documentary Research Centre, Macquarie University, 1981), 5–9; D.

Archaeological evidence of ancient synagogues shows that several ancient synagogues contained rooms where food could be prepared for meals, or rooms where meals could be served. But this evidence is second century CE (Ostia) or later (third century: Stobi in Macedonia)56 and in any case it does not prove that, if communal meals took place in synagogues, they took place every week or every Sabbath. In the first century CE, however, Jews did follow the common Graeco-Roman practice of dining and following it with a symposium, both at home in the family circle and in associations.

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