Click here to get the answers to the most commonly asked RBL questions.

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord's Supper Under Roman Domination During the First Century
Streett, R. Alan

Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013 pp. xii + 328. $37.00


Description:

Subversive Meals examines the Lord's Supper within the sociopolitical context of first-century Roman domination, and concludes that it was an anti-imperial praxis. Although the Christian communal meal looked much like a typical Roman banquet in structure, with a deipnon and a symposion, it was essentially different. The Roman meal supported the empire's ideology, honored Caesar and the gods, reinforced stratification among the masses, and upheld Rome's right to rule the world. The Christian meal, on the other hand, included hymns that extolled Jesus as Lord, prophecies that challenged Rome's ideological claims, and letters—read aloud—that promoted egalitarianism and instructed believers on how to live according to kingdom of God principles. Hence, the Christian banquet was an act of nonviolent resistance, or what James C. Scott calls a "hidden transcript."

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Ideological Critique

Login to Read the Review(s)

You must be a member of SBL to read the review(s). In May 2019, SBL improved security of its main site with a new login procedure that requires an email address and a password, instead of an SBL member number. RBL’s login procedure is now synched to SBL’s. Please use your email address and SBL password to log in to RBL. Your use of this site indicates your acceptance of RBL’s Terms of Use.


Email Address
SBL Password
 
  
 Forgot Your Password
 Join SBL or Renew Membership


Review by Peter-Ben Smit
Published 1/4/2015
Citation: Peter-Ben Smit, review of R. Alan Streett, Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord's Supper Under Roman Domination During the First Century, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


Review by Rollin A. Ramsaran
Published 6/9/2016
Citation: Rollin A. Ramsaran, review of R. Alan Streett, Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord's Supper Under Roman Domination During the First Century, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.

 

 
Privacy PolicyTerms of UseContact Us