Concordia Theological Monthly

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fasting, bodily preparation, pharisees, richardson, abstinence, prayer, easter

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The statement, "Fasting and bodily preparation are indeed a fine outward training," was used by Luther with immediate reference to preparation for Holy Communion. However, to understand this statement in its proper perspective, we need to consider the purpose of fasting as it appears in the Scriptures and in the worship of the church. This paper is an attempt to present such a survey with conclusions as to the specific purposes and benefits of Eucharistic fasting.


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Leviticus 16:29-34; Acts 27:9; Zechariah 8:19; Judges 20:26; 2 Chronicles 20:3; Joel 1:13; Joel 2:12, 15; 1 Samuel 1:4-7; 1 Samuel 20:34; 1 Kings 21:4; 2 Samuel 3:35; 2 Samuel 12:21-23; Luke 8:12; Isaiah 58:3-12; Luke 2:37; Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:20; Matthew 17:21; Mark 9:29;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars