What is a rat doing on a Last Supper plate? Did Jesus and his disciples really eat such a disgusting animal? At the end of the sixteenth century, an anonymous artist positioned a rat in front of Jesus in a Last Supper window of the church of Warwick (UK). The Gospels do not state that Jesus' last meal included rat, and rat was not a common food at that time; so why did the artist include a rat, if it is indeed a rat? The rat could convey a mysterious message. At the Lord's Table, the real “rat” might not be who he seems to be!
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Research Article| November 01 2012
A Rat on the Plate: The Last Supper Window in Saint Mary's Church, Warwick
olivier bauer has lived in Switzerland, France, Tahiti, and Washington, D.C. He is associate professor in the Faculty of Theology and the Religious Sciences at the Université de Montréal. His many books include Hockey as Religion: The Montreal Canadiens (CommonGround, 2011), L'Hostie: une passion québécoise (Liber, 2011), and Le protestantisme à table (Labor et Fides, 2000), which has been translated into English as between Steeple and Stove: A Huguenot Gourmet.
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Gastronomica (2012) 12 (4): 62–67.
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olivier bauer; A Rat on the Plate: The Last Supper Window in Saint Mary's Church, Warwick. Gastronomica 1 November 2012; 12 (4): 62–67. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/GFC.2012.12.4.62
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