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This study aims to look afresh at the evidence and seeks to understand both the Christian gatherings as a whole and their constitutive elements in light of the dining practices in the Graeco-Roman world at large. The first chapter highlights the essential similarities and dissimilarities between the early Christian gathering and the gatherings of other religious associations in the Graeco-Roman world, especially with regard to dining customs. This chapter also discusses the question why the Sunday became the day for Christian gatherings. The second chapter deals with the question why early Christians introduced a gathering in the morning alongside the regular gathering on the Sunday evening. In chapters three to six, this study investigates the genesis and development of the major components of the Christian gathering. Finally, chapter seven briefly explores the origin and function of some other ritual actions that could occur within the framework of the Christian meetings.

Keywords: Christian gathering; dining practices; Graeco-Roman world; Sunday



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