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Jesus: Glutton and Drunkard?

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The basic premise is that Jesus had a reputation for arriving at meals uninvited, thus provoking the accusations cited in Lk. 7.34 and Mt. 11.19. His table fellowship with toll collectors and sinners is viewed in light of ancient hospitality traditions, and with reference to Lk. 15.1-2; Mk 2.14-17; Lk. 19.1-10; and Lk. 6.27-36. It is argued that true hospitality involves welcoming outsiders, and that the toll collectors’ hospitality to Jesus demonstrates their reformation, and is salvific. In contrast, the so-called ‘sinners’ accompanying Jesus gain entry to earthly meals, and the heavenly banquet, ‘in Jesus’ name’. Attention is drawn to the centrality of hospitality, commensality, and humility in the gospel, and the importance of Abraham as a role model.

Affiliations: 1: Murdoch University Perth, Western Australia


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