Christian communal meal arise from Jewish and Greco-Roman conceptions of sacrifice and what makes the Christian sacrificial meal different from its Jewish and Greco-Roman forerunners. Needs to be plagiarism free!
The second one the members performed dances, made choirs, sang sacred songs and remained sober until dawn. Another example of Jewish communal meal is the gathering meal where the community rule in the Qumran script provides direction: it says that they will eat and pray in common. Additionally, the eating’s started by blessing the wine and bread while praying involved the discussion and study of law among others. This communal suppers took place daily (Alikin, 16).
In Graeco-Roman world cult, associations and mystery cults were effective. They are considered as a subcategory of voluntary associations. The utmost mystery cults were the Mithras cult, sibylline cult at Rome, Eleusis cult and lastly the Serapis and Isis cult. All these cults has one similar thing: their supporters gathered at agreed times with a lavish meal. These common suppers are well indicated, for example, the cults of Serapis and Isis. Supporters of these cults gathered from time to time in temples or houses and sat on couches. This coaches were only set up for ceremonial drinking and eating occasions.
In Christians, gatherings were dual. The first one comprised of a meal proper and after the meal a session with various activities like teaching, singing and preaching followed. These activities resembled what happened at feasts in the Graeco-Roman world. Precisely the gatherings of Christians was that some fell into a frenzy: they spoke streams of incoherent and inexplicable sounds. Additionally, other members produced understandable sounds in the form of preaching’s, revelations, teaching, hymns and lastly passing on of knowledge and wisdom. The above oral contributions were offered and bartered in the same assembly as the common meal but took place in the second fold once the meal had been finished. The Christian dual structure of gathering is also similar to the Jewish assembly.