Date of Award


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Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Historical Theology

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Jude 1:12; 2 Peter 2:13; Acts 2:46; Acts 20:11; 1 Corinthians 11:1ff; 1 Peter 5:13; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Acts 20:7; Luke 24:35; Acts 27:35; Acts 6:2; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Acts 1:4; Galatians 2:11ff; John 13:1-18; Acts 20:4;


The Agape is defined as "the social meal or love-feast of the primitive Christians which usually accompanied the Eucharist." It extended from the days of the Apostles to the ninth century in the Western Church and in the Eastern Church it still exists in some form or other. In this paper, however, we have restricted ourselves to the first two centuries of the Christian Church and shall consider the Agape under the following heads: 1) the evidence of the meal and its designation; 2) the sources of first-hand information; 3) the origin and purpose of the meal; 4) the constituents of the meal and the order of the feast; 5 ) its connection with the Eucharist; 6) its separation from the Eucharist, taking into consideration especially the time of the separation and the reasons for or causes of the separation; and, finally, 7) the modern use of the Agape in the Western Church and the reasons for its inadvisability.

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