This work examines the theological interpretation that the nature of the Eucharist is the actual body and blood of Christ ingested by the participants at the Lord’s Table. It proposes that the keys to unlocking the mystery of the Eucharist are reexaminations of the Old Testament typology of the “Bread of the Presence,” and the New Testament patristic understanding of symbol and reality that point to the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. These comprehensions serve renewal hermeneutics by advancing Eucharistic theology toward three goals: they provide insights that inform and facilitate our experience of Christ’s Real Presence in the assembly of the Lord’s Table, they call contemporary culture to satisfy their deep longing to experience the Presence of the Living God through Holy Communion, and they recall the hope that Jesus’ prayer in John 17: 20–23 for unity of his one body may be realized.
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Holy Communion, Real Presence, The Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord’s Table|
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