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Love Feasts

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1: ἀγάπη
(Strong's #26 — Noun Feminine — agape — ag-ah'-pay )

is used in the plural in Jude 1:12 , and in some mss. in 2 Peter 2:13 ; RV marg., "many ancient authorities read 'deceivings,'" (apatais); so the AV. These love feasts arose from the common meals of the early churches (cp. 1 Corinthians 11:21 ). They may have had this origin in the private meals of Jewish households, with the addition of the observance of the Lord's Supper. There were, however, similar common meals among the pagan religious brotherhoods. The evil dealt with at Corinth (l.c.) became enhanced by the presence of immoral persons, who degraded the feasts into wanton banquets, as mentioned in 2Pet. and Jude. In later times the agape became detached from the Lord's Supper.


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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Love Feasts'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/l/love-feasts.html. 1940.

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