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Cannibalism, Accusations of
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The accusations of cannibalism made against the early Christians have often been seen as a misunderstanding of the body and blood imagery of Jesus’ last supper (1 Cor 11; see John 6), employed in reference to continuing eucharistic meals. The remarkable use of such symbolism demands some reflection, but the obvious symboli…

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McGowan, Andrew, “Cannibalism, Accusations of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 06 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00000518>
First published online: 2018



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