Open Commensality

There’s more about my personal journey in the ‘About’ section. I’ve flipped the order of that section so that the newest input is at the top.

An essay written in July didn’t make it past the editor for a variety of reasons. That essay was about ‘Open Commensality’. I first ran into this idea in John Dominic Crossan’s book ‘The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant’. Basically, commensality is the formal, theological and anthropological name for how people eat.

It seems my interest in this subject has been well investigated elsewhere. See the following link.

https://www3.nd.edu/~jneyrey1/meals.html

My conclusion is that Jesus used commensality to further his spiritual goals. That matches the rest of what has been reported about how he lived his life. A very simple explanation for Jesus’ behavior at dinner time is that he wanted to meet people.

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