Date of Award

5-1-1998

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

Department

Systematic Theology

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

Ezekiel 39:17-19; John 6:63-64; John 5:53; John 6:44; Leviticus 17:11; Psalm 34:8; John 6:27,33; Ezekiel 3:3; Luke 1:7; John 6:54; Isaiah 25:6-8; Psalm 62:5; Psalm 95:11; Psalm 91:1; Jeremiah 6:16; Matthew 11:28; Psalm 27:8-9; Matthew 15:21-28; John 20:26; Acts s 2:42-47; Acts s 4:32-35; Luke 1:38;

Abstract

The first purpose of this thesis will be to explore the Lord's Supper as it was understood and celebrated by the early Fathers. The subject of our focus will be the two categories of motifs employed by the early Fathers. The first category will study how the early Fathers thought of the Lord's Supper as food. These motifs are collected under chapter one and will consider how the early Fathers saw connections between the Lord's Supper and food (such as the Passover meal, food for the journey, etc.) The second category will study how the early Fathers thought of the Lord's Supper as yeast. These motifs are collected under chapter two and will consider how the early Fathers believed the Lord's Supper to be active and transforming within the communicant. This chapter will show, for instance, how the body and blood of the Lord actively mingle with the human body, changing its nature, not unlike yeast mingling within a batch of dough.

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