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The Sacred Food of Didache 9-10 and Second-century Ecclesiologies

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In order to provide a better understanding of the ecclesiological and sacramental evidence which the prayers of Didache 9-10 provide, the author first places the early stratum of these prayers within the table-sharing ministry of Jesus. This chapter turns to the larger question of eucharistic theology and church organization toward which the evidence of the second century points us. It identifies connections which may be made between the eucharistic developments as they appear in Didache 9-10 and the organization of the community of the Didache. The chapter considers divine food according to the way in which it marks the extramural boundary between the Christian community and the communities which were left behind by recent converts. It looks at the role which this same divine food played within the emerging internal organization of the church.

Keywords: Christian community; church organization; Didache; ecclesiological evidence; eucharistic theology; Sacred Food



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