Publication details [#13072]

Klawans, Jonathan. 2002. Interpreting the Last Supper: Sacrifice, Spiritualization, and Anti-Sacrifice. New Testament Studies 48 (1) : 1–17. 17 pp.
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Cambridge University Press


In this essay, I refute the view that the Last Supper is antagonistic to Jewish ideas of the temple. To do so, I describe a view of the metaphors of Christian sacrifices and rites as involving connections to non–sacrifical acts instead of as spiritualizations of the rites. Among the everyday practices evoked by the sacrificial metaphors, we can find acts like eating and praying.