As many of you know, I've been working on two manuscripts alongside one another for the last several years: one a readable and accesible book with Doubleday Religion and another longer academic monograph on Jesus and the Last Supper with Eerdmans. (The latter is still in progress.) These years of research on the eucharistic words and deeds of Jesus have been some of the most exciting of my life; it's tremendously gratifying to finally get to share some of it in print with a wide audience.
Here's a brief description from the Random House website, as well as the table of contents:
About The Book
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.”
Table of Contents
Foreword by Scott Hahn
1. The Mystery of the Last Supper
2. What Were the Jewish People Waiting For?
3. The New Passover
4. The Manna of the Messiah
5. The Bread of the Presence
6. The Fourth Cup and the Death of Jesus
7. The Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith
8. On the Road to Emmaus
For a full list of thanks-givings, you can see the acknowledgements section of the book. But I would like a take a moment here to especially thank my good friend Scott Hahn, who graciously agreed to write the Foreword to the book, my editors at Doubleday Religion, especially Gary Jansen and John Burke, for their fantastic hard work in bringing the whole thing to fruition.
Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank my wife Elizabeth, to whom the book is dedicated, for everything. To top off what is already a great day, the book, which is dedicated to Elizabeth, was (in God's providence) released on her birthday!
Happy birthday, my love. I hope you like your present.