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Jesus and the Last Supper (Signed by Dr. Pitre)

• Did Jesus really say what is reported at the Last Supper? 
• Is there a contradiction on the Date of the Last Supper?
• What does the "Our Father" tell us about the Eucharist?

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• Did Jesus really say what is reported at the Last Supper? 
• Is there a contradiction on the Date of the Last Supper?
• What does the "Our Father" tell us about the Eucharist?

  • Who did Jesus of Nazareth claim to be? What was his relationship to early Judaism? When and how did he expect the kingdom to come? What were his intentions? Though these key questions have been addressed in studies of the historical Jesus, Brant Pitre argues that they cannot be fully answered apart from a careful historical analysis of the Last Supper accounts. Yet these accounts, both by the Gospel writers and by Paul, are widely neglected by contemporary Jesus research.

    In this book Pitre fills a notable gap in historical Jesus research as he offers a rigorous, up-to-date study of the historical Jesus and the Last Supper. Situating the Last Supper in the triple contexts of ancient Judaism, the life of Jesus, and early Christianity, Pitre brings to light crucial insights into major issues driving the quest for Jesus. His Jesus and the Last Supper is sure to ignite scholarly discussion and debate.

    Paperback: 604 pages
    Publisher: Eerdmans, August 2017




    Matthew Levering
    — Mundelein Seminary
    "This beautifully written work confirms Brant Pitre's eminence as a scholar of the very first rank. . . . Focusing on the Last Supper, Pitre develops such themes as the new bread of the presence, the new manna, the new Passover, the messianic banquet, and the kingdom of God in often surprising but utterly persuasive ways. Catholic participation in the Jesus quest has hereby finally borne its hoped-for fruit, with enormous implications for all Christians. Pitre should win the Ratzinger Prize for this book alone."

    Anthony Le Donne
    — United Theological Seminary, Dayton
    "Now more than ever the field of historical Jesus studies is in a state of flux. The discipline is razing old foundations with the hope that more sophisticated methods will emerge. With Jesus and the Last Supper Brant Pitre constructs a bridge from the best scholarship of previous generations to the most promising possibilities of the present. This book is nothing less than a blueprint for resurrecting Jesus studies in the twenty-first century."

    Dale C. Allison Jr.
    — Princeton Theological Seminary
    Brant Pitre's contribution is provocative in the best sense of the word. At every turn readers will find new observations worth pondering and new arguments worth weighing. In particular, the numerous intertextual claims should generate much productive discussion, as should Pitre's challenging approach to dating the Last Supper. No one will come away from this volume without having learned much."

    Craig S. Keener
    — Asbury Theological Seminary
    "This dramatic new rereading of the evidence for the Last Supper is a pivotally important work on the Last Supper and also an important contribution to historical Jesus research. Carefully researched and vigorously yet graciously argued, it offers a brilliant new synthesis of the data. Even readers not persuaded by every point will find much or even most of the argument persuasive."

    Michael F. Bird
    — Ridley Melbourne Mission and Ministry College
    "This long-awaited book is a brilliant study about the sacred meal that Jesus instituted for his followers, including its background, its origins, and its meaning for us. Pitre artfully shows that the bread and wine of the meal commemorate and embody the hopes of Israel's restoration as achieved through their messianic deliverer. You'll never look at the Lord's Supper, Eucharist, or Mass the same way after reading this book. A sumptuous feast of exegesis and theology!"
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Customer Reviews

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Fantastic Book!

This book is a little more academic than a few of Dr Pitre's other books, but not less insightful and challenging! He is very clear and articulate, in drawing the Old Testament typology into this most profound event in the course of human history!


Have not been able to read more than about 30-40 pages Wish the extensive foot notes were a bit less. Am going to continue to read the book that I bought.

Excellent information

I enjoy the writing style of Dr. Pitre. Also, his videos are excellent. He draws me more into Catholicism.

Feedback was OK

Dr Pitre wrote a great book. We realize it is expensive to print so there was no bargain price to be had . The signature was nice, but it was probably one of a number he signed at the same time. Not displeased, just not impressed.

Jesus the Bridegroom

I have just finished reading Jesus the Bridegroom by Dr. Brant Pitre, and I must say that I was deeply impressed with the author's insight and clarity. Although this book is a little more academic in nature, its content has nonetheless deepened and strengthened my personal relationship with Jesus as a spiritual devotional book might. Until I read this book, I had a broad and general understanding of the subject, which I now see how shallow it was and how much I took for granted without giving it much thought. His drawing connections with ancient Jewish religious beliefs and customs to bring out the fulness of God's revelation has certainly captured my attention and deepened my understanding of what I have professed to believe, but not comprehensively enough. And certainly, my appreciation for the beauty and truth of our Catholic faith has increased immeasurably. I plan to read Jesus and the Last Supper as soon as I return from my trip to Europe this summer. I have already read Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (through Ignatius Press) so this shorter book might be a good prelude for a more in-depth study. I intend to re-read and often consult these books in the future to preserve and develop the knowledge I gained from reading them the first time. They contain much more wealth for thought than other books I've read on these subjects in the past. I definitely give 5 stars for Jesus the Bridegroom which I purchased from Catholic Productions. And I'll certainly recommend it to others who are exploring the Catholic Faith or wish to better understand the faith they profess. Finally, I hope to see more books available in the catalogue. Thanks, anyway, for what I discovered you now have that's available.

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