The Ritual Practice of Christian Meals and New Testament Textual Variants

This paper presents the results of the network “Meal and Text” concerning the relation of the changes in the ritual practice of Christian meals on the one hand and the formation of textual variants in the New Testament on the other hand. The focus will be on central meal texts like Lk 22 as well on passages less in spotlight. Thereby, it will become apparent that the methodologically conscious merging of textual criticism and the research of the transition from banquet to Eucharist opens new insights for both fields.