When we picture the Last Supper, many of us recall Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” Jesus and His disciples partake of fluffy rolls more characteristic of an Italian-style Sunday afternoon dinner than a first-century Jewish Passover Seder. So, what was different? What was the same? Was the Last Supper a Passover Seder? Messiah in the Passover, edited by Dr. Darrell Bock and Dr. Mitch Glaser, addresses these questions with thorough studies of Passover in the Old and New Testaments.
Messiah in the Passover is a comprehensive volume of the most pertinent information about Jewish tradition, the Gospels, and the Passover from Bible scholars and seasoned Chosen People Ministries’ teachers. Messiah in the Passover expands upon themes of promise and fulfillment within a first-century context, which helps the reader to see the New Testament through Jewish eyes and have a deeper knowledge of Jesus and His relationship to His people. Understanding the Jewish background of the New Testament allows us to better understand the links between Jesus and the Passover. Understanding Jewish life, culture, and history across the millennia is layered and multi-faceted. Like a tapestry, each individual thread connects, and the reader can’t tug on one without pulling on the other.
Each year, Christians honor Holy Week and Jesus’ death and resurrection, while Jewish people remember the Exodus out of Egypt. Messiah in the Passover explains how these two observances, separated by time, share the same origin, and how we can better understand Jesus’ life and ministry in light of the Passover. Messiah in the Passover also covers the Seder in Jewish tradition and Church history, as well as practical applications for teaching the Passover and having a family Seder in your home. See the back page of this newsletter for information on how to order your copy!