Meals for All, All for Meals

Current research on early Christ group meals puts a huge premium on the poverty-wealth gap of members, assuming that the poorer side played very little roles in provisioning meals. What has been argued or assumed throughout the centuries is that early Christ group’s communal periodic meals, such as the Lord’s Supper in Corinth, Agape meals, and etc., were basically nutritional meals where the wealthier members always had to take care of the poorer members. Such a view, however, raise a question regarding survival of the meals based on economic realities. This paper scrutinizes associations’ communal periodic meal dynamics and suggests that early communal periodic meals were run economically with minimal menu items, that is, early meals were not really nutritional based, but rather performance oriented meals that put a premium on members’ participation and proper behaviour at the table.