Category: Fasting

Fasting in the New Testament

A summary:-

1.  Jesus is recorded just once as having fasted.  This was at the time of his temptations in the wilderness.  It is not clear how deliberate this fasting was.  On the one hand, the first temptation implied that there was no food available in that place, Mt 4:1-4.  On the other hand, we should probably assume that Jesus went to that place knowing that there would be no food.

2.  Jesus assumed, rather than commanded, that his hearers would fast. …