You might want to look for A. Dalby & S. Grainger, The Classical Cookbook, Getty, 1996. it has a number of recipes adapted for the modern kitchen from ancient sources.
Umm Is there really such a **thing** as a NT meal? The location of
the meals mentioned in the NT are all over the place, aren't they? In
Galilee, in Jerusalem, in other villages and cities in Palestine, not
to mention in Corinth, Rome and elsewhere, and among a variety of
different social groups from Peasants to the elite and among Jews and
Gentiles. So which one would be a NT meal? Is any one typical?
In any case, for resources, try the 3 articles listed under the
heading of "Meals" in the Anchor Bible Dictionary. I'd check Hastings
and the New Interpreter's Bible Dictionary as well.
You'd get quite close to it by ordering mixed mezze from a Lebanese
restaurant. Things haven't changed much. If you are going for
reasonable authenticity, avoid anything with tomatoes, potatoes, or
aubergines (bye bye babaghanoush). Beans in such a selection are
likely to be broad beans, which were known at the time, though the
_Phaseolus_ beans (kidney and string types) are from the New World.
[with reference to the triclinium]
Might it? But I seriously doubt whether anyone in the New Testament
below the status of Pontius Pilate dined in this style. I'd think that
wooden benches and tables would be perfectly acceptable.
Patrick Faas, Around the Roman Table, 1994, with 150 recipes.
edd. Jean-Louis Flandrin, Massimo Montanari, Food, A Culinary History,
(Laterza, 1996; Fayard 1996; Columbia 1999; Penguin 2000) particularly the
first Part and Second, "The Classical World" pp 69- 164); with extensive
In Jerusalem or I'd bet Alexandria, i.e. in pretty much all of the gospels, wouldn't a "New
Testament" meal be the same as a "Hebrew Bible" meal? I keep remembering
the wonderful Rev. Jerry Sloyan, former chair of the religion dept at
Catholic U, telling a surprised audience that the whole NT is a midrash on
the Hebrew Bible. Jesus' traditional garb in Matthew seems to make him
The ecumenical point seems clear enough: it would be a pity to have "New
Testament" meals that ignored the Jewish roots. As to what Paul at in his
various journeys, I'd bet it would be local grub.
RandallButh wrote:And remember that at Passover everyone sat 'reclined' and had four cups of wine. It was a celebration of freedom and God's blessing, so the style of the meal was a rich banquet. But it wasn't a symposion.
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