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Old 03-24-2016, 09:15 AM
 
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I went to the The Biblical History Center (formerly called Explorations in Antiquity) where they take you through a run down of biblical times and how the customs were back then and saw this picture of the last supper and the Passover meal we had was set up like this too.



NOT THIS


Jesus and the Apostles did not sit on chairs at a table. Rather they reclined on ground or on mats and pillows, leaning on their left elbow (either forward of back) and eating with their right hand. Their legs were stretched out behind them. (See picture at left, click to get a bigger size) This was the typical fashion for eating in the ancient world. That they reclined to eat is made plain in the Gospel of Mark: While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me–one who is eating with me(Mk 14:18). It also explains some things that seem strange to us moderns. First of all why did John lean back on Jesus’ chest to ask him a question? (Jn 13:25; 21:20) This would be strange and physically awkward in a modern upright table setting. But reclining on one’s side on a mat meant you had to lean back to talk to the person next to you. There is also another strange scene where Jesus is reclining to eat in the home of a Pharisee and and a woman begins to anoint his feet (Luke 7:38). In a modern upright table setting this would mean she’s have to be under the table. Strange indeed! But in the ancient setting the posture was such that one’s feet were behind and thus the woman could approach Jesus from behind and begin to anoint his feet without his prior knowledge.

The Place of honor in modern western settings at a typical long rectangular table is either at the center or at one end. Everyone is seated upright and facing in to the center and can generally see all the others well. However, in the ancient meal setting the table was “U” shaped either as a half circle or with 90 degree arms.

It would seem that the place of second honor was at the other end of the U shaped table on the right corner. This would help explain why Peter is not at Jesus’ immediate right or left and has to motion to John across the room to lean back and ask Jesus a question (Jn:13:24-25). Since Peter would like have had the other place of honor it makes sense that he would be across the room and unable to ask Jesus himself.


Just sharing some interesting information I learned and not a debate of Leonardo Da Vinci painting Prisoners from a local jail and making it for the last supper, since that is a touchy topic at times.
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What the seating arrangement at the Last Supper more than likely looked like vs the picture we have all grown up seeing.-last-supper.jpg  
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:54 AM
 
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I would agree with your picture. I don't know why Da Vinci didn't portray the apostles as they would really be. Chalk it up to artistic expression.

Here are other images---

the last supper picture - Bing images
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:28 AM
 
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Interesting post. Thanks for that
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I would agree with your picture. I don't know why Da Vinci didn't portray the apostles as they would really be. Chalk it up to artistic expression...
I'd guess he simply didn't know. Knowledge of customs of antiquity wasn't so good, back then.
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:14 AM
 
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Looks uncomfortable to eat on the floor like Japanese would , may be to poor to buy chairs ...Not saying that they had not invented the wheel yet , as Romans had chairs
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:34 AM
 
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I would agree with your picture. I don't know why Da Vinci didn't portray the apostles as they would really be. Chalk it up to artistic expression.

Here are other images---

the last supper picture - Bing images

Yes, artistic. Also portrayed very European, which is not surprising. It was commissioned.
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:40 AM
 
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CHAIRS!!! God knows, 2000 years ago, who could make them?!?! it's even more complex than a wheel!!! Why have a table if you can't have chairs? You might as well eat off of your lap!
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:54 AM
 
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Looks uncomfortable to eat on the floor like Japanese would , may be to poor to buy chairs ...Not saying that they had not invented the wheel yet , as Romans had chairs
A group of very poor outcasts, can't imagine they were seated at a proper table, table cloth and all.
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:34 PM
 
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CHAIRS!!! God knows, 2000 years ago, who could make them?!?! it's even more complex than a wheel!!! Why have a table if you can't have chairs? You might as well eat off of your lap!
Ahemmmm!! Jesus WAS a Carpenter, you know.
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:51 PM
 
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Ahemmmm!! Jesus WAS a Carpenter, you know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD-pyWALro4
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