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The Jews would have considered themselves polluted by eating with people of another religion, or with any who were ceremonially unclean or disreputable-as with Samaritans, John 4:9 , publicans, Matthew 9:11 , or Gentiles, Acts 10:28 Galatians 2:12 . Eating together was an established token of mutual confidence and friendship, a pledge of friendly relations between families, which their children were expected to perpetuate. The rites of hospitality were held sacred; and to this day, among the Arabs, a fugitive is safe for the time, if he gains the shelter of even an enemy's tent. The abuse of hospitality was a great crime, Psalm 41:9 .

To "eat" a book, is to make its precepts, promises, and spirit one's own, Jeremiah 15:16 Ezekiel 3:1 John 4:14 Revelation 10:9 . So to eat Christ's flesh and drink his blood, is to receive him as a Savior, and by a living faith to be imbued with his truth, his Spirit, and his heavenly life, John 6:32-58 .

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These files are public domain and are a derivative of the topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859.

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Eating'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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