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Love Feast
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Agape Meal
Agape Meal Early Christian ritual and fellowship meal including the Eucharist. Widely practiced during the first—third centuries ad.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Agape Meal
AGAPE MEAL [Gk agapē (ἀγαπη)]. “Love feast,” a specialized Christian use of the Greek word for love (agapē) to refer to a fellowship meal which was a principal occasion for charity to the poorer members of the church.Agapē occurs with this meaning in the NT only in Jude 12 (“These are blemishes
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Agape
Agape. English transliteration of the NT Greek word for “love” or “love feast.”See Love.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Agape
Agape ə-gäʹpē [GK. agápē—(1) ‘love’; (2) ‘love-feast’]. The brotherly common meals of the early Church.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Agape
AGAPE* English transliteration of the NT Greek word for “love” or “love feast.” See Love.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Agapē
agapē (ah-gah´pay), the principal Greek word used for “love” in the lxx and in the nt. Because of its prominent use in theological and ethical contexts in these writings, the term has often been taken to imply a sense of unmerited love (such as that of God for human beings) or of selfless and self-giving
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Love Feast
LOVE FEAST. Known as agapē from the Gr. word meaning love). Strictly, in the NT agapē is used in the special sense of “love feast” only in Jude 12 (except for a variant reading in a few MSS in 2 Pet 2:13) where warnings are given as to its misuse. All else about love feasts in the NT must be derived
Agape
AGAPE. The agape (Gr. for “love”) was the common meal or love feast of the early church. Besides satisfying hunger and distributing to the poor, it was a means for expressing unity and brotherly love. See Love Feast.Though mentioned specifically only in (Jude 12 and 2 Pet 2:13) (in some MSS), the custom
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Love Feast
LOVE FEAST. The Christian duty to love one another has always been expressed in gatherings for fellowship. Such fellowship was realized from early times by participation in a common meal, and love feasts, agapai, are mentioned by Jude (v. 12; cf. 2 Pet. 2:13, rv). Among the Jews meals for fellowship
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Agape
Agape (Gk. agápē)Of the several Greek words that mean “love,” by far the most common in the NT is the agápē family. While Christians did not create the word (it is common in the LXX, rare in classical writings), they did make it a defining word for Christian life and teaching. Within the NT the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Agape
Agape [ä gäˊ pā] (Gk. agápē “love”).† In its basic sense the Greek word designates the divine, selfless love which will go to any length to attain the well-being of its object (see Love). The term is used in a technical sense in the New Testament to indicate the love feasts (cf. Jude 12) of
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Love Feast
Love feastThe use of the term agapē (“love”) to refer to a Christian meal is rare, with Jude 12 offering the only explicit reference in the NT. There is no evidence from the NT period to suggest that the love feast was a separate meal from the Lord’s Supper; rather, love feast and Lord’s Supper refer
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Lord's Supper, Love Feast
Lord’s Supper, Love FeastThe term Lord’s Supper, kyriakon deipnon, occurs in the NT only at 1 Corinthians 11:20 (see DPL, Lord’s Supper). When the Corinthian Christians gather “as a church [en ekklēsia]” (1 Cor 11:18), their assembly includes a meal to which belong the eating of that bread and the
Key passages
Jud 12

These are the ones feasting together without reverence, hidden reefs at your love feasts, caring for themselves, waterless clouds carried away by winds, late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, uprooted,

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