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- noun In the Bible, Jesus's supper on the night before his crucifixion. His sharing of bread and wine with the Apostles at that meal is seen by many Christian churches as instituting the sacrament of the Eucharist.
- noun An artistic representation of this event.
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- proper noun Christianity The
Passover mealthat Jesusate with his discipleson the night before his death.
- noun An
artistic representationof this event.
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- noun the traditional Passover supper of Jesus with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion
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The interpretation of the Last Supper is something that art historians would be more competent to talk about than myself, but I think it's fairly clear, to me at least, the person represented by the John figure is a young man, a rather handsome young man, and I think at the conventions that are at work, there are convention of the renaissance that are interested in male relationships rather than male/female relationships.