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In most modern discussions of the Eucharist, the Jewish temple and its services of worship do not play a large role. They are often mentioned in passing, but they do little work in grounding, organizing, or explicating what is happening in the Eucharistic celebration.
In Table and Temple, David Stubbs throws light on the reasons for this neglect and shows the important role the temple and its worship played in the imagination of Jesus and his disciples about this central Christian practice. He then explores the five central meanings of the temple and its main services of worship, demonstrating their relationship to the five central meanings of the Christian Eucharist.
These central meanings of the temple itself, the daily, weekly, and monthly sacrifices, and the three pilgrim feasts are linked to the history of salvation. Stubbs distills them to (1) the real presence of God and God’s Kingdom among God’s people, (2) thanksgiving for creation and providence, (3) remembrance of past deliverance, (4) covenant renewal in the present, and (5) a hopeful celebration of the feast to come. They provide a solid ground upon which to organize contemporary Christian Eucharistic imagination and practice. Such a solid ground not only expands our theology and enriches contemporary practice, but is also a means to bring greater ecumenical unity to this central Christian rite.
|Title: Temple and Table: The Christian Eucharist and Its Jewish Roots|
By: David L. Stubbs
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2020
|Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.125 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 9 ounces
Stock No: WW874801
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Richard B. Hays
author of Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness
"With the care of a scholar and the clarity of a master teacher, David Stubbs invites us into the ancient Jewish context that shaped the meal at the center of Christian worship. Employing figural reading of Scripture, he links five dimensions of eucharistic theology to their ancient roots in Jewish temple practices. At every step, he attends to the practical implications of his scholarly historical and theological discoveries. Above all, Stubbs seeks connections everywhere: connection of Christians to our common Israelite and Jewish history, Christians to one another, people to creation, and creation to the living triune God. All these things, Stubbs argues, areor ought to benourished at the common table."
Martha L. Moore-Keish
Columbia Theological Seminary
"This book shows the ongoing liveliness of the oracles of Godfrom both testamentsfor a proper understanding and appreciation of the Lords Supper. David Stubbs is among the best theologians active today in his careful attention to Scripture; that ability is again on display here, though Scripture is just one of a treasure trove of theological, ecumenical, liturgical, even architectural resources he deploys. Stubbs has thought long and hard about his subject matter and, as a result, has given us a beautiful and inspiring book that will change how we think aboutand practicethe Eucharist. We are in his debt."
Brent A. Strawn
Duke Divinity School
"Stubbs invites us into a deeper, richer eucharistic life by reclaiming a temple imagination and harvesting its abundant theological and practical fruits. Come taste and see!"
Amy Plantinga Pauw
"For those who think biblically and theologically about the Lords Supper, Remember the future often functions as a paradoxical rallying cry. In this deeply Reformed and generously ecumenical work, Stubbs invites us to enter into a much deeper remembrance and a much richer imagination of the future by exploring the roots of this sacrament in the Jewish temple. This book helps us to see that long-lost memories of the interplay between the temple in Jerusalem, the incarnation of Jesus, and early church typological exegesis can stimulate fresh theological imagination about creation, redemption, eschatology, ethics, mission, and Triune presence on the earth. New lines of inquiry among various Christian traditions and between Christians and Jews open up as a result of what Stubbs has contributed in this study."
Princeton Theological Seminary
"One of the gifts of this book is that David Stubbs does this careful work in such a generously orthodox and symphonic way, weaving together insights from biblical, historical, systematic, and practical theology, defying the tight boundaries that too often keep these disciplines apart. He does so in ways that invite all of us to pay attention to some of the most dearly loved and also some of the most rarely read passages of the Bible."
John D. Witvliet
from the foreword