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Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper by Brant Pitre

This book “shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. Using his in-depth knowledge of the BIble and Jewish traditions, Dr. Brant Pitre answers such questions 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’? …

“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.’ ” [From the Cover]

A professor of sacred scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Brant Pitre received his Ph.D. in New Testament and ancient Judaism from the University of Notre Dame.

Contents

1. The Mystery of the Last Supper

Jesus and Judaism • You Shall Not Drink the Blood • Through Ancient Jewish Eyes

2. What Were the Jewish People Waiting For?

What Kind of Messiah? • The Jewish Hope for a New Exodus • Jesus and the New Exodus

3. 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

4. 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”

5. 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

6. The Fourth Cup and the Death of Jesus

The Shape of the Jewish Passover Meal • Did Jesus Finish the Last Supper? • I Thirst

7. The Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith

Pascha Means Passover • The Shadow of the Manna • In Remembrance of Me

8. On the Road to Emmaus

A printable outline of this topic is available here.

Imprimatur: Most Rev. Dennis J. Sullivan
Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General, Archdiocese of New York

Doubleday, Hard Cover, ©2011, 228 pages