In Stone and Story

Early Christianity in the Roman World


Chapter 19: Banqueting & The Dead

Discussion Questions

  1. How were accolades and honorific titles made public in the ancient world? How does this compare with your own context?
  2. Compared with other deities (and important individuals) of the ancient world, what was different about Jesus’ deific memorialization? How was this significant for the early Christian movement?
  3. What similarities and differences exist between the modern observances of the Lord’s Supper and those of the first-century believers? How does Paul envision the meal, especially as it pertains to suprahuman forces? How does your context reject, reflect, or refract those suprahuman forces of the Lord’s Supper?