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Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets to the Last Supperby Brant Pitre
Synopses & Reviews
In recent years, Christians everywhere are rediscovering the Jewish roots of their faith. Every year at Easter time, many believers now celebrate Passover meals (known as Seders) seeking to understand exactly whathappened at Jesus' final Passover, the night before he was crucified.
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. Using his in-depth knowledge of the Bible and ancient Judaism, Dr. Brant Pitreanswers questions such as: What was the Passover like at the time of Jesus? What were the Jewish hopes for the Messiah? What was Jesus' purpose in instituting the Eucharist during the feast of Passover? And, mostimportant of all, what did Jesus mean when he said, This is my body... This is myblood?
To answer these questions, Pitre explores ancient Jewish beliefs about the Passoverof the Messiah, the miraculous Manna from heaven, and the mysterious Bread of the Presence. As he shows, these three keys--the Passover, the Manna, and the Bread of the Presence--have the power to unlockthe original meaning of the Eucharistic words of Jesus. Along the way, Pitre also explains how Jesus united the Last Supper to his death on Good Friday and his Resurrection on EasterSunday.
Inspiring and informative, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist is a groundbreaking work thatis sure to illuminate one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith: the mystery of Jesus' presence in the breaking of the bread.
From theHardcover edition.
Examines the Last Supper from a Jewish perspective, describing Passover during the time of Jesus Christ and the meaning behind his Eucharistic words, and discussing ancient Jewish beliefs about the Passover, the Manna, and the Bread of Presence.
About the Author
\BRANT PITRE is one of the most exciting new Catholic scholars in this generation. A professor of sacred scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana, he received his Ph.D. in New Testament and ancient Judaism from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He travels widely to speak about the Eucharist and its origins in ancient Hebrew tradition and he is the author of Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile. Dr. Pitre currently lives outside New Orleans, Louisiana, withhis wife Elizabeth, and their four young children. More information on his work can be found at www.brantpitre.com.
Table of Contents
The mystery of the Last Supper — What were the Jewish people waiting for? — The new Passover — The manna of the Messiah — The bread of the presence — The fourth cup and the death of Jesus — The Jewish roots of the Christian faith — On the road to Emmaus.
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