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1 Corinthians 11:17-34 contains the earliest reference to the celebration of the official meal of the early Christians, commonly known today as the Lord's Supper or the Eucharist. In this passage, Paul addresses what he considered to amount to abuses of this Christian practice (1 Cor 11: 17-22). The idea that the Lord's Supper as it was celebrated in the city of Corinth is a variant of the Greco-Roman meal tradition is a well-established position among scholars today. It is also a position I agree with, but only partially. The contribution of this dissertation to scholarship in this field will be to further the understanding of the Lord's Supper in Corinth not merely by discussing those of its features which are associated with the Greco-Roman meal tradition but also referencing those features by which this meal is distinctive. This research will differ from other research in this line of inquiry because it will attempt to situate the Lord's Supper as a distinctive instantiation within the genre of the Greco-Roman meal tradition.

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