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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In Contagious Holiness, Craig Blomberg examines the Jesus’ attendance at a variety of meals. The rhetorical question is posed “Was Jesus A Party Animal?” The Gospel accounts show Jesus at plenty of meals, the frequency of which itself is observed by some within the Gospel accounts. It’s helpful to know that while Jesus was always …

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It’s a tendency to see a prohibition as a limit on love. “I love you, but…” Michael Kelly points out that the prohibitions of God are not the limits of his love, but the expression of a care that flows from perfect love. He is not denying us, he is loving us. From Kelley’s article: …

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