To eat the Lord's Supper
(Kuriakon deipnon pagein
, adjective from Kurio
, belonging to or pertaining to the Lord, is not just a biblical or ecclesiastical word, for it is found in the inscriptions and papyri in the sense of imperial (Deissmann, Light from the Ancient East
, p. 358), as imperial finance, imperial treasury. It is possible that here the term applies both to the Agaph
or Love-feast (a sort of church supper or club supper held in connection with, before or after, the Lord's Supper) and the Eucharist or Lord's Supper. Deipnon
, so common in the Gospels, only here in Paul. The selfish conduct of the Corinthians made it impossible to eat a Lord's Supper at all.