The New Testament provides the fundamental basis for the church's celebration of the Lord's Supper and, at the same time, the major source from which to critique aspects of the church's Eucharistic practice today. It is important to hear the New Testament as carefully as possible, in all its variety, in order to understand the New Testament elements that go to make up contemporary Eucharistic practice and theology. In what I do today I will carry out my role as a New Testament scholar: to hear the New Testament in all its variety and diversity as an aid in understanding the earliest church and as a guide to appropriating that diversity today.
Krentz, Edgar, "The Lord's Banquet: Resources, Problems and Perspectives from the New Testament" (1996). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. 78.