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Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Paraclete Press
|Publication Date: 2005|
Keeping Passover: Everything You Need to Know the Ancient Tradition to Life and Create Your OwnIra SteingrootHarperOne / 1995 / Trade Paperback$14.40 Retail:
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In this special book, co-authored by a rabbi and a pastor, we have the unique opportunity to experience an authentic Jewish Passover seder, from a distinctively Christian perspective. There are many haggadot used in Jewish homes and synagogues, but this one offers meaningful insights on how Christians can both learn from Judaism as a means of deepening their Christian faith, and better understand the Jewishness of Jesus.
Always respectful of the differences between Judaism and Christianity, this Passover guide provides:
*a complete guide (plan and script) to a meaningful seder experience
*a deeper knowledge of the great themes of the Exodus story, in combination with Christian insights
*rich opportunities for a better understanding Lent and Holy Week
*a fuller knowledge of why Jesus placed such importance on the universal themes of slavery, freedom, and community around the seder table.
"Explores the rich liturgy of the Passover seder from both the Jewish and Christian traditions without compromising the distinctive beliefs of either faith tradition. Smith and Shapiro have given us a model of interfaith cooperation, based on their evident respect for one another, that contributes to greater mutual understanding. A splendid contribution to worship education!"
-Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University; executive editor of Christianity Today
"If Christian churches choose to observe Passover, this is the resource they should use. . . . a comprehensive but easy-to-use tool for broadening and deepening their understanding of Passover.
-Jan Turentine, Managing Editor, Acacia Resources, Baptist Center for Ethics
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.