Imagining Jesus, with food

  • Michel Desjardins Wilfrid Laurier University
Keywords: Food -- Religious aspects -- Comparative studies, Eating and meals, Diet, Cooking, Food habits, Nutrition, Fasting, Jesus Christ -- Historicity, Church history, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Charity


This article applies modern, cross-cultural, anthropologically-grounded food data to the historical Jesus. It explores five themes that have emerged from my research on the intersection of spirituality and food in contemporary life, across religions: food offerings, dietary restrictions, fasting, food prepared for special religious occasions, and charity. The analysis brings together previous historical-critical research on Christian origins and current research on food in order to shed new light on the role of food in a first century Jewish person’s life. The result is a more human, possibly more historically-realistic, portrait of Jesus in keeping with broad sectors of religious life across traditions. 
Apr 13, 2015
How to Cite
Desjardins, M. (2015). Imagining Jesus, with food. Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis, 26, 47-63.