Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (Signed by Dr. Pitre)


• How is the Bible one long story about a wedding? 
• What was Roman Crucifixion really like?
• How is Jesus' Wedding Day the day of his crucifixion?

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  • In Jesus the Bridegroom, Brant Pitre once again taps into the wells of Jewish Scripture and tradition, and unlocks the secrets of what is arguably the most well-known symbol of the Christian faith: the cross of Christ. In this thrilling exploration, Pitre shows how the suffering and death of Jesus was far more than a tragic Roman execution. Instead, the Passion of Christ was the fulfillment of ancient Jewish prophecies of a wedding, when the God of the universe would wed himself to humankind in an everlasting nuptial covenant.

    To be sure, most Christians are familiar with the apostle Paul’s teaching that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the ‘Bride’. But what does this really mean? And what would ever possess Paul to compare the death of Christ to the love of a husband for his wife? If you would have been at the Crucifixion, with Jesus hanging there dying, is that how you would have described it? How could a first-century Jew like Paul, who knew how brutal Roman crucifixions were, have ever compared the execution of Jesus to a wedding? And why does he refer to this as the “great mystery” (Ephesians 5:32)?

    As Pitre shows, the key to unlocking this mystery can be found by going back to Jewish Scripture and tradition and seeing the entire history of salvation, from Mount Sinai to Mount Calvary, as a divine love story between Creator and creature, between God and Israel, between Christ and his bride—a story that comes to its climax on the wood of a Roman cross.

    In the pages of Jesus the Bridegroom, dozens of familiar passages in the Bible—the Exodus, the Song of Songs, the Wedding at Cana, the Woman at the Well, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and even the Second Coming at the End of Time—are suddenly transformed before our eyes. Indeed, when seen in the light of Jewish Scripture and tradition, the life of Christ is nothing less than the greatest love story ever told.

    This new book stems from a semester course, Jesus the Bridegroom: The Divine Love Story in the Bible, taught by Dr. Pitre.

    Hardcover: 208 pages
    Publisher: Image, March 2014


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Customer Reviews

Based on 20 reviews

Great insightful read. Always good to have ancient Jewish perspectives. It bring clarity to understanding scripture.

Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

For us as Carmelite Brides of Jesus, this book is amazing in the presentation of Jesus as THE BRIDEGROOM. Dr. Pitre's knowledge of Scripture and application in such a simple yet profound manner has helped us in our private prayer, community discussions and sharing. Every consecrated person should take this book as a companion to the Bible. It would open new vistas & depths of God's love in Jesus for every Christian

Jesus the Bridegroom-Brant Pitre

Everyday I say Jesus I love you but not enough. Brant Pitre reveals aspects of Jesus that are unique to me. You find yourself only loving Him more.
Easy read. Great book.

Jesus the Bridegroom

Fantastic just like all of Dr. Pitre’s books. I feel like I am really getting to know Jesus by looking at him with ancient Jewish eyes. It is a more intimate relationship because you have the family background. Keep writing because I am almost through your published works, some of them twice.

Jesus the Bridegroom

This book by Dr. Brant Pitre is unimaginatively insightful and helpful in deepening our appreciation for the beauty of our Catholic faith. After reading this book, I feel much more closer to Jesus in my personal relationship with him and am even more mindful of how faithful I should be in my marriage covenant with God in and through our Divine Bridegroom and Messiah. Until I read this book, my understanding of the subject was somewhat broad and general. But now I see how much I took for granted before I read the book. Dr. Pitre's treatment of ancient Jewish beliefs, customs, and symbols in connection with the New Testament is far more in-depth and comprehensive than what I have come across in other books written by Catholic scholars. Yet what the author rightly does, by also citing the Catechism and the Church Fathers, is bring to our attention what the Church has always believed and taught since earliest times, but has become buried in the minds of the faithful to a great extent. So, this book is a great wake-up call to Catholics like myself who have succumbed to a form of collective amnesia. This book is a treasure of faith which I'm happy and grateful to have found by the grace of God. I certainly give this book 5 stars and shall recommend it to other Catholics to help them better understand and appreciate their faith and non-Catholics who would benefit from discovering the truths of our faith and help clear up any misconceptions they might have,