It is challenging for contemporary westerners, (many of whom seldom eat at any table any more) to appreciate the inherent structure and barriers of biblical meal practices. A challenge that transcends time and culture more readily, but quite uncomfortably is Jesus’ practice of eating with friend, foe, and outcast alike. . From Contagious Holiness: Christians, …

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Because meals had become a situation of social and spiritual exclusion and divisiveness they become an arena in which Jesus brings the kingdom of God and obliterates those barriers, much to the annoyance of those who maintain the barriers. From Contagious Holiness: … we discover Jesus challenging the purity laws of his day, or at …

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