"Jewish Associations in Roman Palestine: Evidence from the Mishnah"

By David Instone -Brewer and Philip A. Harland (Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 5, 2009) (online-version)

Associations were a widespread social structure in the first century Roman world, of individuals who shared a common interest and bonded together by means of communal meals, often in temples which had dining facilities. Judaism used a comparable term (haburah) to describe similar gatherings especially at festival times. The Jewish associations included groups who met in public halls for a festival meal, reclining on triclinia and were waited on by servants. Separate associations met privately, even though they occupied the same public hall as others. Unlike Gentile associations, there is some evidence that Jewish associations rejected the custom of following the meal by a drinking party.

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