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The Wedding Feast of the LambEros, the Body, and the Eucharist$
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Emmanuel Falque

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270408

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270408.001.0001

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The Passover of Animality

The Passover of Animality

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(p.177) 7 The Passover of Animality
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The Wedding Feast of the Lamb
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Emmanuel Falque

, George Hughes
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823270408.003.0008

This chapter argues that animality, present and offered in the bread of the eucharist, also awaits its Passover; indeed, it awaits its metamorphosis into a humanity that will recognize its divine filiation. The transformation of the sense and of threshold of cannibalism by Christianity is not enough to exempt the eucharistic mystery completely from the suspicion that weighs on it: that one is eating the man (anthropophagy) and, indeed, eating God (theophagy). Whether or not one escapes from the charge of anthropophagy, the issue remains problematic in a consideration of the start of the eucharistic Last Supper, when it is no longer ethnological and anthropological but becomes a metaphysical and theological question. There are two ways of getting around, or at least reducing, the scandal in the eucharist of flesh given to humans to eat, or even to chew (trogôn) (John 6:56–57): through exegesis, and in philosophical terms. These are both technical moves, but they also serve as an excuse for the believer not to be, or no longer to be, satisfied simply with what Péguy calls the “habituated” soul.

Keywords:   animality, eurcharist, Passover, cannibalism, Christianity, Emmanuel Falque, French philosophy, French philosophers, theology, anthropophagy

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