Jesus’ practice of table fellowship and his teaching concerning issues related to table fellowship contravened the understanding of Israel as a holy, separated community. In this context, table fellowship cannot be described simply as festive celebration and acceptance. Rather, it was a political act of national significance: to advocate and practice a different form of table fellowship was to protest against the present structures of Israel.
 Borg, Conflict, Holiness and Politics in the Teachings of Jesus, pg. 134