Memorable Meals: Symposia in Luke's Gospel, the Rabbinic Seder,

and the Greco-Roman Literary Tradition

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: SYMPOSIA IN LUKE’S GOSPEL, THE RABBINIC SEDER,

AND THE GRECO-ROMAN LITERARY TRADITION

1.     Issues in the Current Study of Christian and Jewish Meals and the Greco-Roman Literary Tradition

  1. Issues in the Current Interpretation of Meals in Luke-Acts: The Need for Comparative Study in a Jewish Reading of Luke-Acts

 

Chapter 1:  The Symposium in Greco-Roman Literature.

  1. Symposium Topoi
  2. Symposium Genres
  3. Genres And Choices

 

Chapter 2: FROM SYMPOSIUM LITERATURE TO SYMPOSIUM IDEOLOGIES

  1. Religion And Ideology In Symposium Literature
  2. Literary Conceptualization Of Symposium Practice
  3. From Meal Events to Talk About Them
  4. Symposium Literary Topoi As  Implicit Social Ethos
  5. Symposium Genres As Implicit Worldviews
  6. Symposium Genres as Figures of Order and Change

 

Chapter 3: SYMPOSIUM CONVENTIONS IN LUKE'S GOSPEL

(APART FROM THE LAST SUPPER)

1.     Luke's Use Of Symposium Scenes

2.     Luke's Use Of The Technique Of The Fait Divers As A Pretext For Table Talk

3.     Luke's Use Of Conventional Symposium Characters

4.     Luke's Use Of Symposium Quarrels To Symbolize Social Tensions

 

Chapter 4: LUKE'S LAST SUPPER ACCOUNT

  1. The Last Supper as a Symposium Scene
  2. Luke's Last Supper as a Seder
  3. Symposium Topoi in Luke's Last Supper
  4. Earlier Traditions Organized in a Symposium Setting
  5. Meal Courses and the Course of Salvation History
  6. The Last Supper and the Other Meal Scenes in Luke's Gospel
  7. Excursus: Whose Theory of Periodization of Salvation History Does Luke Use in the Last Supper?

 

Chapter 5: SYMPOSIA IN LUKE AND THE ANCIENT NOVELS

1.     Luke's Symposia In Comparison With Other Symposia Imbedded In Novels

  1. Luke The Sophist

 

Chapter 6: THE RITUALIZATION OF FOOD AND TABLE TALK IN THE PASSOVER SEDER AND IN THE LAST SUPPER

1.     Definitions Of Ritualization

  1. Literary Ritualization Of The Last Supper And Passover Seder As Symposia
  2. Rituals Of Separation And Re-Integration
  3. Ritualization Of Different Metaphors

 

Conclusion: MEAL  RITUALS AS COMPETING CHRISTIAN AND

JEWISH RELIGIOUS STRATEGIES

 Bibliography

Index