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.”
Foreword by Scott Hahn.
Table of Contents:
Chapter One: The Mystery of the Last Supper
Jesus and Judaism
You Shall Not Drink the Blood
Through Ancient Jewish Eyes
Chapter Two: What Were the Jewish People Waiting For?
What Kind of Messiah?
The Jewish Hope for a New Exodus
Jesus and the New Exodus
Chapter Three: The New Passover
The Biblical Roots of Passover
What Was Passover Like at the Time of Jesus?
Jesus and the New Passover
You Have to Eat the Lamb
Chapter Four: The Manna of the Messiah
The Manna in the Tabernacle
The Bread of the World to Come
Jesus and the New Manna
"This is a Hard Saying"
Chapter Five: The Bread of the Presence
The Bread of the Face
"Behold, God's Love for You"
Jesus and the New Bread of the Presence
The real Presence
Chapter Six: The Fourth Cup and the Death of Jesus
The Shape of the Jewish Passover Meal
Did Jesus Finish the Last Supper?
Chapter Seven: The Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith
Pascha Means Passover
The Shadow of the Manna
In Remembrance of Me
Chapter Eight: On the Road to Emmaus