Let Us Break Bread Together

Let Us Break Bread Together

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Experience an authentic Jewish Passover seder, from a distinctively Christian perspective.
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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 175 x 250 x 5.08mm | 140.61g
  • Orleans, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • 1557254443
  • 9781557254443
  • 1,319,984

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"This is a perfect example of a multifaith resource that brings Jews and Christians closer together." -Spirituality & Health April 9, 2005 "The core of the Passover is experience, Shapiro points out. 'I wanted to help Christians re-connect with Jesus as a Jew, to experience what was second nature to him, ' he says. So he decided to write a haggadah especially for Christians and turned to a colleague, Mike Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, Tenn., for collaboration. Their book is 'Let Us Break Bread Together' (Paraclete Press, 2005; www.paracletepress.com). Here's an excerpt, using the traditional question-and-answer format: 'Why wash our hands before continuing with the Seder?' 'Washing our hands reminds us that we are entering a sacred space. The rabbis taught that with the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and the ending of sacrifice, the dinner table became the new altar, the central place of communing with God. Jesus, too, made table fellowship a central act of his ministry. This banquet, each table around which we sit, is a tabernacle to God. Let us cleanse our hearts and minds even as we cleanse our hands.'" -The Lutheran: The Magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America March 9, 2005 "[This book] tells participants about the Passover meal, from its beginning among Hebrew slaves fleeing Egypt to its re-enactment in homes today. As they follow the question-and-answer format, they will learn more about the Jewishness of Jesus and the context of their own faith. 'Let Us Break Bread Together' will enrich Christians' appreciation for Passover while giving them a deeper sense of gratitude for Easter."- Marv Knox, Baptist Standard March 9, 2005 As more Christians appreciate the Jewish roots of their faith and Jesus' life as an observant Jew, they participate in increasing numbers in the Passover seder. Rabbi Rami Shapiro and the Reverend Michael Smith, a Baptist minister in Tennessee, collaborated to produce this haggadah to guide Christians in conducting the ritual Passover meal in a way that honors both traditions. They begin with a note to the leader, providing suggestions for organizing the meal and writing invitations. Information follows about the significance of Passover for Christians, with scriptural references to the observance of Passover by Jesus and his family. There are detailed instructions for setting the seder table and a script for the leader to follow throughout the meal. Passover symbols and elements of the meal (e.g., boiled eggs, bitter herbs, wine or grape juice) are explained. Directions are given for the Tzafon, or "finding the hidden," when young children are invited to hunt for the piece of matzah hidden earlier in the service. Prayers and blessings conclude the service.

This book's format (7 X 10 inches) allows for generous amounts of white space and attractive charcoal drawings that enhance the text. A list of further reading is provided. From Paraclete's Many Mansions series. Recommended for all church libraries. -Church and Synagogue Library Online http: //cslainfo.org March 23, 2006
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About Michael A. Smith

Pastor Michael A. Smith is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of several other books, Bible studies, and articles on Christian ethics. Pastor Smith earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning storyteller, poet, and popular teacher on the Jewish spiritual tradition. He is the director of the One River Foundation, and author of Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explained, The Hebrew Prophets: Annotated and Explained, Open Secrets, and many other books. He is a graduate of Hebrew Union College and earned his Ph.D. from Union Graduate School. He also lives with his family in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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