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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

Based on 31 reviews
Very good teaching on Eucharist.

After reading this book, I feel like I discovered the meaning of Eucharist anew.

Marc Guitard

Excellent! Thanks Brant!

Deacon John Gallagher
Last Supper Book

Very well done. The historical and theological evidence presented is fascinating. Excellent research and presentation.
I must add that I have never been disappointed by Catholic Productions.

Adam B
An In-Depth Read

This is a very in depth read on the Last Supper. Dr. Pitre brought up several points in which I had never thought about. He then explained those points in detail. This is definitely a scholarly book but was still readable. I watched an interview of Dr. Pitre about this book on YouTube that helped explain the date of the Last Supper. This was a very good book that I'll read again!

Francisco Gayá Moreno

Great book, for reading and consulting. It is the 2nd time I buy it, the previous I donated to a priest (after I, I found later that I still wanted it in my library.