PSCO Presentation: 21 November, 2008

Panel on “Commensality and Community”
Jordan Rosenblum (University of Wisconsin-Madison), "Commensality as Idolatry in Tannaitic Literature"
Andrew MacGowan (University of Melbourne), "Commensality, Eucharist and Sacrifice in the Didache"
Jason BeDuhn (Northern Arizona University), "God on/at the Table in Manichaean Ritual Meals"

This special SBL session will be held 7:00 pm on Friday, November 21st in the Fairfax room of the Hilton Back Bay Hotel,


All who are planning to attend our special SBL session of the PSCO in Boston are also invited to join us for an informal dinner beforehand at:
Cactus Club
939 Boylston St
(617) 236-0200

The restaurant is very close to the Hilton Boston Back Hotel, in which the session will be held (see below). For directions, see (click “Include large map” to see details).

Join us anytime after 5:30 pm.

Suggested Reading (available in PDF form on request)

Chapters 1-2 of Andrew MacGowan, Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals (Oxford Early Christian Studies. Oxford: Clarendon, 1999);

idem, “Food, Ritual, and Power”, in A People’s History of Christianity 2: Late Ancient Christianity (ed. Viriginia Burrus; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005), 145-64.

Jason BeDuhn, "Eucharist or Yasna?: Antecedents of Manichaean Food Ritual," in Studia Manichaica.IV International Congress zum Manichäismus, 14.-18. Juli 1997, eds. R.E. Emmerick, W. Sundermann and P. Zieme (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2000), 14-36. [PDF]

idem, “Digesting the Sacrifices: Ritual Internalization in Jewish, Hindu, and Manichaean Traditions” (forthcoming article available on request)