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Grace (at the Meal table)
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The pronouncing of a berakah (Blessing and Curse, Benedictions), according to Jewish custom, before and after eating is attested to in the case of both Jesus' meals (Matt 14:19; Luke 24:30) and those of the Early Church (1 Tim 4:3–5; cf. Acts 27:35). The prayers in Did. 9f. demonstrate, in form and content, a close affinity with the Jewish grace. Even in the 4th/5th century, the accent of the grace still lay on praise of the Giver (Ps. Athan. Virg. 12, PG 28.265; Chrys. Hom. 55 in Matt. PG 58.545), but in the West (unlike the Byzantine tradition) it increasingly …

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Brüske, Gunda, “Grace (at the Meal table)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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