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Author(s): Bieritz, Karl-Heinrich | Roloff, Jürgen | Schnurr, Günther | Wainwright, Geoffrey
Overview The Eucharist (or Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper) has had from the very beginning a place of special importance in the life of Christianity. The eating and drinking of bread and wine in obedience to the command of Jesus at his Last Supper with his disciples is a sensory representation of the spiritual reality of the Christ whom Christians believe in and confess. The celebration of the Eucharist shows clearly, and makes known, that which Christian life in praise and thanksgiving atte…


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Author(s): zur Mühlen, Karl-Heinz | Schnurr, Günther | Schöpsdau, Walter
1. History 1.1. Jesus and the Primitive Community John the Baptist summoned Israel to repentance (Gk. metanoia, Matt. 3:8; Mark 1:4) in view of the eschatological judgment of the wrath of God (Last Judgment). Jesus in his teaching, however, issued a summons to penitence in the form of a saving intimation of the imminent rule of God (Kingdom of God) and the kindness of God that precedes his judgment. Both interpreted the present as a situation of eschatological decision (Luke 3:9, 11; 12:16b–20; 13:3–5; 16:1–7; Eschatology). The call of Jesus to radical conversion, however, was…