Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist by Brant Pitre
Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper

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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 what happened 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 Pitre answers 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, most important of all, what did Jesus mean when he said, “This is my body… This is my blood”?

To answer these questions, Pitre explores ancient Jewish beliefs about the Passover of 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 unlock the 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 Easter Sunday.           

Inspiring and informative, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist is a groundbreaking work that is sure to illuminate one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith: the mystery of Jesus’ presence in “the breaking of the bread.”


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Author ResidenceCovington, LABRANT PITRE, professor of sacred scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana, received his Ph.D. in New Testament and ancient Judaism from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He is the author of Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile (Baker Academic, 2005).
 
Published February 15, 2011 by Image. 242 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Patheos

Jesus’ miracle, after all, is described in terms of early Eucharistic action-he took bread, gave thanks, and distributed it (Jn 6:11).

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Patheos

It is foremost because the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, and it is so poorly understood by so many — even among Catholics — that I can think of no more important read, this year than Dr. Brant Pitre’s exposition of 1st Century Judaism and how it provides much-needed (and e...

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Patheos

As we will see over the course of this book, this was the first of many instances in which Jesus would utilize the Jewish Scriptures to reveal himself to a Jewish audience as the long-awaited Jewish Messiah.

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Patheos

In a 1994 New York Times article, former Dominican monk and world-renown New Testament scholar John Dominic Crossan characterized the difference in how he and another world-renown New Testament scholar and priest, Father Raymond Brown, approach the biblical texts — known as the Passion narratives...

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It matters much to Pitre because he wants to read the limited and spartan evidence of the Last Supper in the Synoptic Gospels as the actual celebration of a Passover meal as performed by Jews in Jesus’ day, even though very few details emerge within the Synoptic Gospels that could mark it as a co...

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