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Title: Synaxis and Sacrifice: Some Observations on the Eucharistic Assembly Motif in Didache 14
Authors: Khomych, Taras # ×
Issue Date: 24-Nov-2008
Host Document: SBL Annual Meeting Abstracts 2008
Conference: Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting location:Boston, MA date:21-25 November 2008
Abstract: 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).
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Research Unit of History of Church and Theology
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