By Peter D. Gooch
Spotting the social that means of nutrients and food in Greco-Roman tradition and, particularly, the social which means of idol-food, is a vital part of realizing the effect of Paul’s directions to the Christian group at Corinth concerning the intake of idol-food. Shared nutrients have been a imperative function of social sex in Greco-Roman tradition. food and meals have been markers of social prestige, and participation at foodstuff used to be the most technique of constructing and keeping social relatives. Participation in public rites (and sharing the nutrients which ensued) was once a demand of protecting public workplace. The social outcomes of refusing to consume idol-food will be severe. Christians will possibly not attend weddings, funerals, celebrations in honour of birthdays, or perhaps formal banquets with out encountering idol-food. during this prolonged analyzing of one Corinthians 8:1-11:1, Paul’s reaction to the Corinthian Christians’ question pertaining to foodstuff provided to idols, Gooch makes use of a social-historical procedure, combining historic tools of resource, literary and redaction feedback, and more recent purposes of anthropological and sociological how you can make sure what idol-food was once, and what it intended in that position at the moment to devour or keep away from it. against a well-entrenched scholarly consensus, Gooch claims that even supposing Paul had deserted purity principles relating meals, he wouldn't abandon Judaism’s cultural and spiritual realizing relating idol-food. at the foundation of his reconstruction of Paul’s letter within which he suggested the Corinthian Christians to prevent any foodstuff contaminated by means of non-Christian rites, Gooch argues that the Corinthians rejected Paul’s directions to prevent dealing with major social liabilities.
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Finally, it is possible that sacrificed food would be distributed to those in or near 38 Compare J. Murphy-O'Connor, St, Paul's Contith. Texts and Archaealogy (Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier, 1983), p. 162-67. Murphy-O'Connor's discussion is addressed below, in chap. 8. 26 Dangerous Food the Asklepieion and consumed in the dining rooms of Lerna. Thus some of the food some of the time could be called eidôlothyton ("offered to idols"). O n the other hand, it is likely that not all of the food prepared for diners in the rooms of Lerna stood in such a relation to the cult of Asklepios.
On the other hand, this association was obvious. The presence of springs and banqueting halls in other Asklepieia, and the role that bathing and eating played in the cult of Asklepios, would have made a connection between Lerna and the Asklepieion easy to draw. The ambiguity of the status of Lerna—a public fountain and place of relaxation, yet associated with the Asklepieion—might lead very easily to difficulties of interpretation among the group of Christians in Corinth. If there were Christians who were worried by any contact with other Gods and Lords, these might well find the dining rooms of Lerna too strongly associated with the sanctuary of Asklepios.
The Pauline Argument in t Corinthians 8 and 10, SBL dissertation series, 68 [Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1985], p. 21-61). " 14 Admittedly this does not describe eating in a private context, but such feasting was not confined to temples alone. " 16 Whether this meat had been sacrificed or whether the distribution took place on a holy day is not clear from the context, but the identification of this food as dedicated to the Gods is explicit. Plutarch describes a traditional sacrificial rite performed in homes.
Dangerous Food: 1 Corinthians 8-10 in Its Context (Studies in Christianity and Judaism) by Peter D. Gooch