Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting location:Boston, MA date:21-25 November 2008
This presentation seeks to shed some new light on the interpretation of Didache’s eucharistic passages, by drawing attention to the overlap between ethical-sapiential and eschatological-apocalyptic motifs in this document. It argues, in particular, that the concept of assembly (synaxis/synago) in eucharistic passages of Did. 9-10 & 16.2 points to a (close) connection between eschatological expectations and ethical teaching in the Didache. It is then demonstrated that chapter 14 likewise emphasises the notion of assembly, although in a somewhat different manner than the other eucharistic passages. Taking into account that the gathering motif was given only marginal attention in the vast majority of interpretations of Did. 14, the present paper attempts to show how the recovery of this notion may influence our understanding of the passage in question, including the much-debated concept of sacrifice (thusia).