Unlocking the Secrets of the Eucharist

What was the Passover like at the time of Jesus?  What were the Jewish hopes for the Messiah?  What was Jesus’ purpose in institutionalizing the Eucharist during the feast of Passover?  These questions are at the heart of Catholic scholar Brant Pitre’s new book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (read more about the book here.)  Dr. Pitre, one of the most exciting new Cahtholic scholars of this generation, tackles the questions around the central sacrament of the Christian faith from the Jewish context to shine new light on the Christian experience of the Eucharist.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be hosting a discussion about the mystery of Communion here at Take & Read, as part of our late February book club on Pitre’s book. We’ll host reviews from Catholics and non-Catholics about the book, as well as reflections on the meaning of the Eucharist from a variety of religious perspectives.  We hope you’ll join the conversation by adding a comment or two here about your own experience and understanding of this central sacrament of the Christian faith.

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About Deborah Arca

Deborah Arca joined the Patheos team after more than ten years managing programs for the Program in Christian Spirituality at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian seminary within the Graduate Theological Union consortium of 11 seminaries in the Bay Area.