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{{short description|Final meal that, in the Gospel accounts, Jesus shared with his apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion}}{{Other uses2|The Last Supper}}File:Última Cena - Da Vinci 5.jpg|thumb|350px|Depictions of the Last Supper in Christian art have been undertaken by artistic masters for centuries, Leonardo da Vinci's late-1490s mural painting in MilanMilanThe Last Supper, also known as the Passover meal is the final meal that, in the Gospel accounts, Jesus shared with his Apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion."Last Supper. The final meal Christ with His Apostles on the night before the Crucifixion.", Cross, F. L., & Livingstone, E. A. (2005). The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3rd ed. rev.) (958). Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. The Last Supper is commemorated by Christians especially on Maundy Thursday.BOOK,weblink Worship and Festivals, Heinemann (publisher), Heinemann, Gwyneth Windsor, John Hughes, On the Thursday, which is known as Maundy Thursday, Christians remember the Last Supper which Jesus had with His disciples. It was the Jewish Feast of the Passover, and the meal which they had together was the traditional Seder feast, eaten that evening by the Jews everywhere., 21 November 1990, 11 April 2009, 978-0435302733, The Last Supper provides the scriptural basis for the Eucharist, also known as "Holy Communion" or "The Lord's Supper".BOOK,weblink Inside Christianity, Lorenz Educational Press, Walter Hazen, The Anglican Church in England uses the term Holy Communion. In the Roman Catholic Church, both terms are used. Most Protestant churches refer to it simply as communion or The Lord's Supper. Communion reenacts the Last Supper that Jesus ate with His disciples before he was arrested and crucified., 1 September 2002, 3 April 2012, 978-0787705596, The First Epistle to the Corinthians contains the earliest known mention of the Last Supper. The four canonical Gospels all state that the Last Supper took place towards the end of the week, after Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem and that Jesus and his Apostles shared a meal shortly before Jesus was crucified at the end of that week. During the meal Jesus predicts his betrayal by one of the Apostles present, and foretells that before the next morning, Peter will thrice deny knowing him.The three Synoptic Gospels and the First Epistle to the Corinthians include the account of the institution of the Eucharist in which Jesus takes bread, breaks it and gives it to the Apostles, saying "This is my body given to you" (though the apostles are not explicitly mentioned in the account in First Corinthians). The Gospel of John does not include this episode, but tells of Jesus washing the feet of the Apostles, giving the new commandment "to love one another as I have loved you", and has a detailed farewell discourse by Jesus, calling the Apostles who follow his teachings "friends and not servants", as he prepares them for his departure.The Gospel according to John by Colin G. Kruse 2004 {{ISBN|0802827713}} p. 103Scholars have looked to the Last Supper as the source of early Christian Eucharist traditions."The custom of placing the eucharist at the heart of the worship and fellowship of the Church may have been inspired not only by the disciples’ memory of the Last Supper with Jesus but also by the memory of their fellowship meals with Him during both His days on earth and the forty days of His risen appearances.", Bromiley, G. W. (1988; 2002). Vol. 3: The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised (164). Wm. B. Eerdmans.The Oxford History of Christian Worship. Oxford University Press, US. 2005. {{ISBN|0195138864}} Others see the account of the Last Supper as derived from 1st-century eucharistic practiceFunk, Robert W. and the Jesus Seminar. The acts of Jesus: the search for the authentic deeds of Jesus. HarperSanFrancisco. 1998. Introduction, pp. 1–40 as described by Paul in the mid-50s.


(File:Last Supper.jpg|thumb|300px|Last Supper, mosaic)The term "Last Supper" does not appear in the New Testament,An Episcopal dictionary of the church by Donald S. Armentrout, Robert Boak Slocum 2005 {{ISBN|0898692113}} p. 292The Gospel according to Luke: introduction, translation, and notes, Volume 28, Part 1 by Joseph A. Fitzmyer 1995 {{ISBN|0385005156}} p. 1378 but traditionally many Christians refer to such an event. Many Protestants use the term "Lord's Supper", stating that the term "last" suggests this was one of several meals and not the meal.The Companion to the Book of Common Worship by Peter C. Bower 2003 {{ISBN|0664502326}} pp. 115–16Liturgical year: the worship of God Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 1992 {{ISBN|978-0664253509}} p. 37 The term "Lord's Supper" refers both to the biblical event and the act of "Holy Communion" and Eucharistic ("thanksgiving") celebration within their liturgy. Evangelical Protestants also use the term "Lord's Supper", but most do not use the terms "Eucharist" or the word "Holy" with the name "Communion".Humanists and Reformers: A History of the Renaissance and Reformation by Bard Thompson 1996 {{ISBN|978-0802863485}} pp. 493–94The Eastern Orthodox use the term "Mystical Supper" which refers both to the biblical event and the act of Eucharistic celebration within liturgy.The Orthodox Church by John Anthony McGuckin 2010 {{ISBN|978-1444337310}} pp. 293, 297 The Russian Orthodox also use the term "Secret Supper" (, Taynaya vecherya).

Scriptural basis

The last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples is described in all four canonical Gospels ({{Bibleref2|Mt.|26:17–30}}, {{Bibleref2|Mk.|14:12–26}}, {{Bibleref2|Lk.|22:7–39}} and {{Bibleref2|Jn.|13:1–17:26}}). This meal later became known as the Last Supper.The Encyclopedia of Christianity, Volume 4 by Erwin Fahlbusch, 2005 {{ISBN|978-0802824165}} pp. 52–56 The Last Supper was likely a retelling of the events of the last meal of Jesus among the early Christian community, and became a ritual which recounted that meal.The church according to the New Testament by Daniel J. Harrington 2001 {{ISBN|1580511112}} p. 49Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians,{{Bibleref2c-nb|1cor|11:23–26}} which was likely written before the Gospels, includes a reference to the Last Supper but emphasizes the theological basis rather than giving a detailed description of the event or its background.The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary'' by Craig A. Evans 2003 {{ISBN|0781438683}} pp. 465–77

Background and setting

File:Dieric Bouts - The Last Supper - WGA03003.jpg|thumb|right|The Last Supper by Dieric BoutsDieric BoutsThe overall narrative that is shared in all Gospel accounts that leads to the Last Supper is that after the Triumphal entry into Jerusalem early in the week, and encounters with various people and the Jewish elders, Jesus and his disciples share a meal towards the end of the week. After the meal, Jesus is betrayed, arrested, tried, and then crucified.Key events in the meal are the preparation of the disciples for the departure of Jesus, the predictions about the impending betrayal of Jesus, and the foretelling of the upcoming denial of Jesus by Apostle Peter.

Prediction of Judas' betrayal

In {{Bibleref2|Matthew|26:24–25}}, {{Bibleref2|Mark|14:18–21}}, {{Bibleref2|Luke|22:21–23}} and {{Bibleref2|John|13:21–30}} during the meal, Jesus predicted that one of his Apostles would betray him.Steven L. Cox, Kendell H Easley, 2007 Harmony of the Gospels {{ISBN|0805494448}} p. 182 Jesus is described as reiterating, despite each apostle's assertion that he would not betray Jesus, that the betrayer would be one of those who were present, and saying that there would be "woe to the man who betrays the Son of man! It would be better for him if he had not been born."{{bibleref2|Mark|14:20–21}}In {{Bibleref2|Matthew|26:23–25}} and {{Bibleref2|John|13:26–27}}, Judas is specifically identified as the traitor. In the Gospel of John, when asked about the traitor, Jesus states:

Institution of the Eucharist

{{Death of Jesus}}The three Synoptic Gospel accounts give somewhat different versions of the order of the meal. In chapter 26 of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus prays thanks for the bread, divides it, and hands the pieces of bread to his disciples, saying "Take, eat, this is my body." Later in the meal Jesus takes a cup of wine, offers another prayer, and gives it to those present, saying "Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom."In chapter 22 of the Gospel of Luke, however, the wine is blessed and distributed before the bread, followed by the bread, then by a second, larger cup of wine, as well as somewhat different wordings. Additionally, according to Paul and Luke, he tells the disciples "do this in remembrance of me." This event has been regarded by Christians of most denominations as the institution of the Eucharist. There is recorded celebration of the Eucharist by the early Christian community in Jerusalem.Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church / editors, F. L. Cross & E. A. Livingstone 2005 {{ISBN|978-0192802903}}, article EucharistThe institution of the Eucharist is recorded in the three Synoptic Gospels and in Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians. As noted above, Jesus's words differ slightly in each account. In addition, {{Bibleref2|Luke|22:19b–20}} is a disputed text which does not appear in some of the early manuscripts of Luke. Some scholars, therefore, believe that it is an interpolation, while others have argued that it is original."Lord's Supper, The" in New Bible Dictionary, 3rd edition; IVP, 1996; p. 697{{Citation|author=Craig Blomberg|title=Jesus and the Gospels|year=1997|publisher=Apollos|page=333}}A comparison of the accounts given in the Gospels and 1 Corinthians is shown in the table below, with text from the ASV. The disputed text from Luke 22:19b–20 is in italics.{| class="wikitable"! {{Bibleref2|Mark|14:22–24|ASV}}| And as they were eating, he took bread, and when he had blessed, he brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take ye: this is my body.| And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.’
! {{Bibleref2|Matthew|26:26–28|ASV}}| And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it; and he gave to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’| And he took a cup, and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, ‘Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins.’
! {{Bibleref2|1Cor|11:23|ASV|1 Corinthians 11:23–25}}| For I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you: this do in remembrance of me.’| In like manner also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.’
! {{Bibleref2|Luke|22:19–20|ASV}}| And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.’| And the cup in like manner after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, even that which is poured out for you.’
File:The Last Supper (1886), by Fritz von Uhde.jpg|thumb|300px|The Last Supper by Fritz von UhdeFritz von UhdeJesus' actions in sharing the bread and wine have been linked with {{Bibleref2|Isaiah|53:12}} which refers to a blood sacrifice that, as recounted in {{Bibleref2|Exodus|24:8}}, Moses offered in order to seal a covenant with God. Some scholars interpret the description of Jesus' action as asking his disciples to consider themselves part of a sacrifice, where Jesus is the one due to physically undergo it.(Brown et al. 626)Although the Gospel of John does not include a description of the bread and wine ritual during the Last Supper, most scholars agree that {{Bibleref2|John|6:58–59}} (the Bread of Life Discourse) has a Eucharistic nature and resonates with the "words of institution" used in the Synoptic Gospels and the Pauline writings on the Last Supper.Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible 2000 {{ISBN|9053565035}} p. 792

Prediction of Peter's denial

In {{Bibleref2|Matthew|26:33–35}}, {{Bibleref2|Mark|14:29–31}}, {{Bibleref2|Luke|22:33–34}} and {{Bibleref2|John|13:36–8}} Jesus predicts that Peter will deny knowledge of him, stating that Peter will disown him three times before the rooster crows the next morning. The three Synoptic Gospels mention that after the arrest of Jesus, Peter denied knowing him three times, but after the third denial, heard the rooster crow and recalled the prediction as Jesus turned to look at him. Peter then began to cry bitterly.Peter: apostle for the whole church by Pheme Perkins 2000 {{ISBN|0567087433}} p. 85The Gospel according to Matthew, Volume 1 by Johann Peter Lange 1865 Published by Charles Scribner Co, NY p. 499

Elements unique to the Gospel of John

{{See also|Washing the feet of the Apostles|The New Commandment|Farewell discourse}}File:Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Jesus giving the Farewell Discourse to his eleven remaining disciples, from the Maesta by DuccioDuccioIn John, Jesus's last supper is not explicitly referred to as a Passover meal. Furthermore, John's recounting of events has the crucifixion taking place concurrently with the evening Passover meal. Recent scholarship suggests that John's chronological peculiarity is a result of his use of a more modern calendar than the one that would have been in use when Jesus was alive years earlier. As a result, the evidence dates the Last Supper to the same evening as the start of Passover, with the crucifixion taking place two days later."Was the Last Supper 24 hours earlier? Scientist claims historic meal was TWO days before Jesus’ crucifixion", Daily Mail Reporter, April 18, 2011. Daily Mail website. Retrieved 10 Feb. 2017. John therefore stands alone in its sequencing, which contradicts not only the uniform chronology expressed in the Synoptics but also the recent scholarship, the conclusions of which are supported by historical astronomical data.{{Bibleref2|John|13}} includes the account of the washing the feet of the Apostles by Jesus before the meal.Harris, Stephen L., Understanding the Bible. Palo Alto: Mayfield. 1985. "John" pp. 302–10 In this episode, Apostle Peter objects and does not want to allow Jesus to wash his feet, but Jesus answers him, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me”,{{Bibleref2c|Jn|13:8}} after which Peter agrees.In the Gospel of John, after the departure of Judas from the Last Supper, Jesus tells his remaining disciples {{Bibleref2c|John|13:33}} that he will be with them for only a short time, then gives them a New Commandment, stating:Encountering John: The Gospel in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective by Andreas J. Kostenberger 2002 {{ISBN|0801026032}} pp. 149–51 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” in {{Bibleref2|John|13:34–35}}. Two similar statements also appear later in {{Bibleref2|John|15:12}}: "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you", and {{Bibleref2|John|15:17}}: "This is my command: Love each other."1, 2, and 3 John by Robert W. Yarbrough 2008 {{ISBN|0801026873}} Baker Academic Press p. 215At the Last Supper in the Gospel of John, Jesus gives an extended sermon to his disciples.{{Bibleref2c|John|14–16}} This discourse resembles farewell speeches called testaments, in which a father or religious leader, often on the deathbed, leaves instructions for his children or followers.Funk, Robert W., Roy W. Hoover, and the Jesus Seminar. The five gospels. HarperSanFrancisco. 1993.This sermon is referred to as the Farewell discourse of Jesus, and has historically been considered a source of Christian doctrine, particularly on the subject of Christology. {{Bibleref2|John|17:1–26}} is generally known as the Farewell Prayer or the High Priestly Prayer, given that it is an intercession for the coming Church.The Gospel according to John by Herman Ridderbos 1997 {{ISBN|978-0802804532}} The Farewell Prayer: pp. 546–76 The prayer begins with Jesus's petition for his glorification by the Father, given that completion of his work and continues to an intercession for the success of the works of his disciples and the community of his followers.

Time and place


File:Icon last supper.jpg|thumb|13th century Orthodox Russian iconicon{{See also|Chronology of Jesus}}Historians estimate that the date of the crucifixion fell in the range AD 30–36.Jesus & the Rise of Early Christianity: A History of New Testament Times by Paul Barnett 2002 {{ISBN|0830826998}} pp. 19–21Paul's early period: chronology, mission strategy, theology by Rainer Riesner 1997 {{ISBN|978-0802841667}} pp. 19–27 (p. 27 has a table of various scholarly estimates)The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament by Andreas J. Köstenberger, L. Scott Kellum 2009 {{ISBN|978-0805443653}} pp. 77–79 Physicists such as Isaac Newton and Colin Humphreys have ruled out the years 31, 32, 35, and 36 on astronomical grounds, leaving 7 April AD 30 and 3 April AD 33 as possible crucifixion dates.Colin J. Humphreys, The Mystery of the Last Supper Cambridge University Press 2011 {{ISBN|978-0521732000}}, pp. 62–63 weblink Humphreys proposes narrowing down the date of the Last Supper as having occurred in the evening of Wednesday, 1 April AD 33,Humphreys 2011, p. 72 and p.189 by revising Annie Jaubert's double-Passover theory. The rationale is as follows.All Gospels agree that Jesus held a Last Supper with his disciples prior to dying on a Friday at or just before the time of Passover (annually on 15 Nisan, the official Jewish day beginning at sunset) and that his body was left in the tomb for the whole of the next day, which was a Shabbat (Saturday).{{Bibleref2c|Mk.|15:42}} {{Bibleref2c-nb|Mark|16:1–2}} However, while the Synoptic Gospels present the Last Supper as a Passover meal,{{Bibleref2c|Matt.|26:17}}{{Bibleref2c|Mk.|14:1–2}} {{Bibleref2c|Lk|22:1–15}} the Gospel of John makes no explicit mention that the Last Supper was a Passover meal and presents the official Jewish Passover feast as beginning in the evening a few hours after the death of Jesus. John thus implies that the Friday of the crucifixion was the day of preparation for the feast (14 Nisan), not the feast itself (15 Nisan), and astronomical calculations of ancient Passover dates initiated by Isaac Newton, and posthumously published in 1733, support John's chronology.JOURNAL, Pratt, J. P., J. P. Pratt, Newton's Date for the Crucifixion, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 32, 3, 3 September 1991, 301, 1991QJRAS..32..301P, Historically, various attempts to reconcile the three synoptic accounts with John have been made, some of which are indicated in the article on the Last Supper by Francis Mershman in the 1912 Catholic Encyclopedia. The Maundy Thursday church tradition assumes that the Last Supper was held on the evening before the crucifixion day (although, strictly speaking, in no Gospel is it unequivocally said that this meal took place on the night before Jesus died).WEB,weblink Judaism and Christianity in the first century,, A new approach to resolve this contrast was undertaken in the wake of the excavations at Qumran in the 1950s when Annie Jaubert argued that there were two Passover feast dates: while the official Jewish lunar calendar had Passover begin on a Friday evening in the year that Jesus died, a solar calendar was also used, for instance by the Essene community at Qumran, which always had the Passover feast begin on a Tuesday evening. According to Jaubert, Jesus would have celebrated the Passover on Tuesday, and the Jewish authorities three days later, on Friday.BOOK,weblink Pope Benedict XVI, The Dating of the Last Supper,weblink Jesus of Nazareth, Catholic Truth Society and Ignatius Press, 2011, 978-1586175009, 106–15, However, Humphreys has calculated that Jaubert's proposal cannot be correct, as the Qumran solar Passover would always fall after the official Jewish lunar Passover. Nevertheless, he agrees with the approach of two Passover dates, and argues that the Last Supper took place on the evening of Wednesday 1 April 33, based on his recent discovery of the Essene, Samaritan, and Zealot lunar calendar, which is based on Egyptian reckoning.Humphreys 2011, pp. 164, 168NEWS,weblink Staff Reporter, Last Supper was on Wednesday, not Thursday, challenges Cambridge professor Colin Humphreys., International Business Times, 18 April 2011, 18 April 2011, Humphreys' implication is that Jesus and other communities were following the original Hebrew calendar putatively imported from Egypt by Moses (which requires calculating the time of the invisible new moon), rather than the official Jewish calendar which had been adopted more recently, in the 6th century BC during the Babylonian exile (which simply requires observing the visible waxing moon). A Last Supper on Wednesday, he argues, would allow more time than in the traditional view (Last Supper on Thursday) for the various interrogations of Jesus and his presentation to Pilate before he was crucified on Friday. Furthermore, a Wednesday Last Supper, followed by a Thursday daylight Sanhedrin trial, followed by a Friday judicial confirmation and crucifixion would not require violating Jewish court procedure as documented in the 2nd century, which forbade capital trials at night and moreover required a confirmatory session the following day.In a review of Humphreys' book, the Bible scholar William R Telford points out that the non-astronomical parts of his argument are based on the assumption that the chronologies described in the New Testament are historical and based on eyewitness testimony. In doing so, Telford says, Humphreys has built an argument upon unsound premises which "does violence to the nature of the biblical texts, whose mixture of fact and fiction, tradition and redaction, history and myth all make the rigid application of the scientific tool of astronomy to their putative data a misconstrued enterprise."JOURNAL, Telford, William R., Review of The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus, The Journal of Theological Studies, 2015, 66, 1, 371–76, 10.1093/jts/flv005,weblink 29 April 2016,


File:Cenacle on Mount Zion.jpg|thumb|180px|left|The Cenacle on Mount Zion, claimed to be the location of the Last Supper and PentecostPentecostAccording to later tradition, the Last Supper took place in what is today called The Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion, just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, and is traditionally known as The Upper Room. This is based on the account in the Synoptic Gospels that states that Jesus had instructed two disciples (Luke 22:8 specifies that Jesus sent Peter and John) to go to "the city" to meet "a man carrying a jar of water", who would lead them to a house, where they would find "a large upper room furnished and ready".{{Bibleref2c|Mark|14:13–15}} In this upper room they "prepare the Passover".No more specific indication of the location is given in the New Testament, and the "city" referred to may be a suburb of Jerusalem, such as Bethany, rather than Jerusalem itself. The traditional location is in an area that, according to archaeology, had a large Essene community, a point made by scholars who suspect a link between Jesus and the group (Kilgallen 265).Saint Mark's Syrian Orthodox Church in Jerusalem is another possible site for the room in which the Last Supper was held, and contains a Christian stone inscription testifying to early reverence for that spot. Certainly the room they have is older than that of the current coenaculum (crusader – 12th century) and as the room is now underground the relative altitude is correct (the streets of 1st century Jerusalem were at least {{convert|12|ft|m|abbr=off|spell=in}} lower than those of today, so any true building of that time would have even its upper story currently under the earth). They also have a revered Icon of the Virgin Mary, reputedly painted from life by St Luke.Bargil PixnerBargil Pixner, The Church of the Apostles found on Mount Zion, Biblical Archaeology Review 16.3 May/June 1990 weblink claims the original site is located beneath the current structure of the Cenacle on Mount Zion.

Theology of the Last Supper

File:Duccio di Buoninsegna 029.jpg|thumb|180px|The Washing of Feet and the Supper, from the Maesta by (Duccio]], 1308–1311. Peter often displays amazement in feet washing depictions, as in {{Bibleref2|John|13:8}}.)St. Thomas Aquinas viewed The Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit as teachers and masters who provide lessons, at times by example. For Aquinas, the Last Supper and the Cross form the summit of the teaching that wisdom flows from intrinsic grace, rather than external power. For Aquinas, at the Last Supper Christ taught by example, showing the value of humility (as reflected in John's foot washing narrative) and self-sacrifice, rather than by exhibiting external, miraculous powers.Reading John with St. Thomas Aquinas by Michael Dauphinais, Matthew Levering 2005 {{ISBN|9780813214054}} p. xixA–Z of Thomas Aquinas by Joseph Peter Wawrykow 2005 {{ISBN|0334040124}} pp. 124–25Aquinas stated that based on {{Bibleref2|John|15:15}} (in the Farewell discourse) in which Jesus said: "No longer do I call you servants; ...but I have called you friends". Those who are followers of Christ and partake in the Sacrament of the Eucharist become his friends, as those gathered at the table of the Last Supper.The ethics of Aquinas by Stephen J. Pope 2002 {{ISBN|0878408886}} p. 22 For Aquinas, at the Last Supper Christ made the promise to be present in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, and to be with those who partake in it, as he was with his disciples at the Last Supper.The Westminster Handbook to Thomas Aquinas by Joseph Peter Wawrykow 2005 {{ISBN|978-0664224691}} p. 124John Calvin believed only in the two sacraments of Baptism and the "Lord's Supper" (i.e., Eucharist). Thus, his analysis of the Gospel accounts of the Last Supper was an important part of his entire theology.Reformed worship by Howard L. Rice, James C. Huffstutler 2001 {{ISBN|0664501478}} pp. 66–68Calvin's Passion for the Church and the Holy Spirit by David S. Chen 2008 {{ISBN|978-1606473467}} pp. 62–68 Calvin related the Synoptic Gospel accounts of the Last Supper with the Bread of Life Discourse in {{Bibleref2|John|6:35}} that states: "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry."Calvin also believed that the acts of Jesus at the Last Supper should be followed as an example, stating that just as Jesus gave thanks to the Father before breaking the bread,{{Bibleref2c|1Cor|11:24||1 Cor. 11:24}} those who go to the "Lord's Table" to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist must give thanks for the "boundless love of God" and celebrate the sacrament with both joy and thanksgiving.


{{See also|Agape feast}}
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The institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper is remembered by Roman Catholics as one of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, the First Station of a so-called New Way of the Cross and by Christians as the "inauguration of the New Covenant", mentioned by the prophet Jeremiah, fulfilled at the last supper when Jesus "took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, 'Take; this is my body.' And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, 'This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.{{'"}}{{Bibleref2c|Mk.|14:22–24}} {{Bibleref2c|Mt.|26:26–28}}{{Bibleref2c|Lk.|22:19–20}} Other Christian groups consider the Bread and Wine remembrance to be a change to the Passover ceremony, as Jesus Christ has become "our Passover, sacrificed for us",{{Bibleref2c|1cor|5:7||1 Cor. 5:7}} and hold that partaking of the Passover Communion (or fellowship) is now the sign of the New Covenant, when properly understood by the practicing believer.These meals evolved into more formal worship services and became codified as the Mass in the Catholic Church, and as the Divine Liturgy in the Eastern Orthodox Church; at these liturgies, Catholics and Eastern Orthodox celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The name "Eucharist" is from the Greek word εὐχαριστία (eucharistia) which means "thanksgiving".Early Christianity observed a ritual meal known as the "agape feast"Agape is one of the four main Greek words for love (The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis). It refers to the idealised or high-level unconditional love rather than lust, friendship, or affection (as in parental affection). Though Christians interpret Agape as meaning a divine form of love beyond human forms, in modern Greek the term is used in the sense of "I love you" (romantic love). These "love feasts" were apparently a full meal, with each participant bringing food, and with the meal eaten in a common room. They were held on Sundays, which became known as the Lord's Day, to recall the resurrection, the appearance of Christ to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the appearance to Thomas and the Pentecost which all took place on Sundays after the Passion.

Passover parallels

File:The-Last-Supper-large.jpg|thumbnail|Last Supper, Carl Bloch. In some depictions John the ApostleJohn the ApostleSince the late 20th century, with growing consciousness of the Jewish character of the early church and the improvement of Jewish-Christian relations, it became common among some lay people to associate the Last Supper with the Jewish Seder. Some evangelical groups borrowed Seder customs, like Haggadahs, and incorporated them in new rituals meant to mimic the Last Supper; likewise, many secularized Jews presume that the event was a Seder. However, this identification is erroneous, as even the earliest elements in the Seder (a fortiori the full-fledged ritual, which is first recorded in full only in the ninth century) are a rabbinic enactment instituted in remembrance of the Temple, which was still standing during the alleged Last Supper.for example: Jesus Didn’t Eat a Seder Meal, Christianity Today, 6 April 2017.The fifth chapter in Quran, Al-Ma'ida (the table) contains a reference to a meal (Sura 5:114) with a table sent down from God to ʿĪsá (i.e., Jesus) and the apostles (Hawariyyin). However, there is nothing in Sura 5:114 to indicate that Jesus was celebrating that meal regarding his impending death, especially as the Qur'an insists that Jesus was never crucified to begin with. Thus, although Sura 5:114 refers to "a meal", there is no indication that it is the Last Supper.Christology in dialogue with Muslims by Ivor Mark Beaumont 2005 {{ISBN|1870345460}} p. 145 However, some scholars believe that Jesus' manner of speech during which the table was sent down suggests that it was an affirmation of the apostles' resolves and to strengthen their faiths as the impending trial was about to befall them.WEB, ''Last Supper of Jesus According to Islam, Maan, Khalife, 2012,weblink


Some Jesus Seminar scholars consider the Lord's supper to have derived not from Jesus' last supper with the disciples but rather from the gentile tradition of memorial dinners for the dead.Funk, Robert W. and the Jesus Seminar. The acts of Jesus: the search for the authentic deeds of Jesus. HarperSanFrancisco. 1998. "Mark," pp. 51–161 In this view, the Last Supper is a tradition associated mainly with the gentile churches that Paul established, rather than with the earlier, Jewish congregations.Prominent New Testament Scholar E.P. Sanders states in his book The Historical Figure of Jesus that Jesus having a final meal with his disciples is almost beyond dispute, and belongs to the framework of the narrative of Jesus's life.BOOK, Sanders, The Historical Figure of Jesus, Penguin Books, 978-0140144994, 10–11, Luke is the only Gospel in which Jesus tells his disciples to repeat the ritual of bread and wine.Vermes, Geza. The authentic gospel of Jesus. London, Penguin Books. 2004. Bart D. Ehrman states that these particular lines do not appear in certain ancient manuscripts and might not be original to the text.Ehrman, Bart D.. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. HarperCollins, 2005. {{ISBN|978-0060738174}} However, it is in the earliest Greek manuscripts, e.g. P75, Sinaticus, Vaticanus and Ephraemi Rescriptus.Many early Church Fathers have attested to the belief that at the Last Supper, Christ made the promise to be present in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, with attestations dating back to the first century AD.WEB, The Martyr, Justin, The First Apology,weblink WEB, of Lyons, Irenaeus, Against Heresies,weblink WEB, of Alexandria, Clement, The Paedagogus (Book I),weblink WEB, of Antioch, Ignatius, The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans,weblink WEB, of Antioch, Ignatius, The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians,weblink WEB, of Antioch, Ignatius, The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans,weblink WEB, Tertullian, On the Resurrection of the Flesh,weblink WEB, Augustine, Exposition on Psalm 33 (mistakenly labelled 34),weblink The teaching was also affirmed by many councils throughout the Church's history.WEB, First Council of Nicæa (A.D. 325),weblink WEB, Council of Ephesus (A.D. 431),weblink

Artistic depictions

File:Última Cena - Juan de Juanes.jpg|thumb|250px|The first Eucharist, depicted by Juan de JuanesJuan de JuanesThe Last Supper has been a popular subject in Christian art. Such depictions date back to early Christianity and can be seen in the Catacombs of Rome. Byzantine artists frequently focused on the Apostles receiving Communion, rather than the reclining figures having a meal. By the Renaissance, the Last Supper was a favorite topic in Italian art.Vested angels: eucharistic allusions in early Netherlandish paintings by Maurice B. McNamee 1998 {{ISBN|978-9042900073}} pp. 22–32There are three major themes in the depictions of the Last Supper: the first is the dramatic and dynamic depiction of Jesus's announcement of his betrayal. The second is the moment of the institution of the tradition of the Eucharist. The depictions here are generally solemn and mystical. The third major theme is the farewell of Jesus to his disciples, in which Judas Iscariot is no longer present, having left the supper. The depictions here are generally melancholy, as Jesus prepares his disciples for his departure.Gospel figures in art by Stefano Zuffi 2003 {{ISBN|978-0892367276}} pp. 254–59 There are also other, less frequently depicted scenes, such as the washing of the feet of the disciples.Gospel figures in art by Stefano Zuffi 2003 {{ISBN|978-0892367276}} p. 252Well known examples include Leonardo da Vinci's depiction, which is considered the first work of High Renaissance art due to its high level of harmony,Experiencing art around us by Thomas Buser 2005 {{ISBN|978-0534641146}} pp. 382–83 Tintoretto's depiction which is unusual in that it includes secondary characters carrying or taking the dishes from the tableTintoretto: Tradition and Identity by Tom Nichols 2004 {{ISBN|1861891202}} p. 234 and Salvadore Dali's depiction combines the typical Christian themes with modern approaches of Surrealism.The mathematics of harmony by Alexey Stakhov, Scott Olsen 2009 {{ISBN|978-9812775825}} pp. 177–78File:Last Supper (Pisani).jpg|Lazzaro Pisani|The Main Altarpiece of the Corpus Christi Parish Church in Għasri, MaltaFile:Last Supper miniature from a Psalter c1220-40.png|Miniature depiction from circa 1230File:Comunione degli apostoli, cella 35.jpg|Communion of the Apostles, by Fra Angelico, with donor portrait, 1440–41File:Domenico ghirlandaio, cenacolo di ognissanti 01.jpg|Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1480, depicting Judas separatelyFile:Valentin de Boulogne, Last Supper.jpg|Valentin de Boulogne, 1625–1626File:Wrocław Last Supper.jpg|Last Supper, sculptureFile:Jaume Huguet - Last Supper - WGA11797.jpg|Last Supper by Jaume HuguetFile:Tiepolo Last Supper.jpg|Last Supper by TiepoloFile:Bouveret Last Supper.jpg|The Last Supper, by Bouveret, 19th centuryFile:Laatste Avondmaal, Gustave van de Woestyne, 1927, Groeningemuseum, 0040054000.jpg|Last Supper, by Gustave Van de Woestijne, 1927


The Lutheran Passion hymn "Da der Herr Christ zu Tische saß" (When the Lord Christ sat at the table) derives from a depiction of the Last Supper.

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