Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Book Notice: Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper

We have often spoken here about the importance of knowledge of the Old Testament, biblical typology and what not, making reference to the Catechism's teaching on this same point.

As such, I was rather interested in the following new title being made available by Ignatius Press, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, written by Dr. Brant Pitre.

From the website of Ignatius Press:

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."

I have not read the book, so can offer no particular comments, but I can tell you that Amazon has the "Look Inside" feature available for this book (and also offering a pretty good discount as well).

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