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Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord’s Supper
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Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord’s Supper


Baylor University Press 2007

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Making a Meal of It explores the background and implication of the Lord’s Supper. Delving into its historical and scriptural origins, Witherington argues that the Lord’s Supper is a sacramental celebration of the community of God, designed to incorporate people of varying backgrounds. Excavating the diverse ways in which Scripture and early Christian tradition speak about the Lord’s Supper, Witherington advocates that the meal is primarily about who the people of God are and how they should thus live together.

This volume carefully assesses topics with a firm biblical basis and provides readers with a deeper understanding of the foundations—as well as the contemporary implications they bring. Perfect for scholars, students, pastors, and laypersons alike, the Logos edition of these theological works is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages are linked directly to your English translations and to the original Greek text, and important theological concepts are linked to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of resources in your digital library.

Key Features

  • Discusses the theology of the Lord’s Supper
  • Reexamines the act of communion from a scriptural perspective
  • Studies the Lord’s Supper in its social context


  • Passed Over, Past Due
  • From the Essenes to Jesus
  • The Table of the Entitled and the Table of the Lord: Eating and Drinking in Corinth
  • The Long Farewell: The Feast in John 13–17
  • Missing Supper: The Eucharist in Early Christianity
  • Second-Century Sacraments
  • When the Meal Became the Mass
  • The Mystery of the Meal

Praise for the Print Edition

Witherington provides compelling answers to many of the crucial issues.

Clinton E. Arnold, Professor and Chairman, Department of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

In Making a Meal of It, Ben Witherington provides a competent guide to the numerous complexities surrounding the Lord’s Supper, one that, in the end, helps the reader to understand this central Christian ceremony as something much more than either magic or mere symbolism. From socio-cultural background information to incisive exegetical observations, from careful historical survey to very practical application; this book will benefit anyone who desires to better understand-and more fully experience—the true kingdom mystery of the Lord’s Supper.

Paul Rhodes Eddy, professor of biblical and systematic theology, Bethel University

Product Details

  • Title: Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord’s Supper
  • Author: Ben Witherington III
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 170

About Ben Witherington III

Ben Witherington III (PhD, Durham University) is Amos Professor for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Witherington has twice won the Christianity Today best biblical studies book-of-the-year award, and his many books include We Have Seen His Glory: A Vision of Kingdom Worship and socio-rhetorical commentaries on Mark, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Galatians, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.