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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Circumcision Party

There is a renewed interest in the Antioch incident. Michael Bird and James Crossley have both made comments but I am having blogger problems.

Perhaps we ought to consider whether or not the expression, “those of the circumcision” defines the Objectants as Jews in a dispute with Gentiles or as “the circumcision party,” a subset of Jews, in a dispute with other Jews about boundaries and entry requirements.

The other question we need to ask is how we define “meals.” The followers of Jesus understood “meals” as more than eating the right kind of food properly prepared. “Meals” for the followers of Jesus in the early years was all about fellowship, breaking bread, prayers and instructions. These meals are about group solidarity.

Copyrighted 2006


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