Notes on Books I’ve Read (“Broken Bread: An Ancient Look at the First Last Supper” by Jay Richard McCarl.)
Just by the book’s title you can pretty much tell what it’s going to be all about but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much more there is included than just the the idea given to you by the title; it will exceed your expectation – well, it exceeded mine, at least, and I hope it exceeds your expectations also of what you hope to find out by reading it. This is a great book that’s not too long and I hope you will, as I did, find it to not be dry reading but a great book full of new insights, information, an overall enlightening experience.
As you can guess, the book’s about the First Last Supper, an event which took place on Passover but it would be the last Passover and the first Last Supper. Might sound strange or confusing if you know little about the Passover or the history of the celebration of this great holy day but just by reading this easy-to-read book I’m sure you’ll learn plenty about both the Passover and the Last Supper, and why there’s a difference or the ceasing of one and beginning of the other.
The author does his research for this book, for the subject, the topic of his writing; he knows what he’s talking about in the book, and it’s not just a commentary on the great event, it’s much more. There’s plenty of things you can learn just by attentively reading this book.
I’ve learned a lot of new things just by reading this book; new information, great glimpses and insights into the customs and traditions of the time when the last Supper took place. I learned how the feast was prepared; how people greeted each other; who sat where and why; how people ate meals and with whom; what kind of food was eaten during the Passover; the many to-us-strange-seeming things people did back then; various nuances, dos and don’ts of table etiquette. It basically gave me a bigger picture of the whole event (Passover and the Last Supper); a greater look and insights into the lives of the people of that time. It helped me understand and see things differently than I’ve seen them before, it provided a sort of perceptional adjustment of things which I was ignorant of or just some of the erroneous notions and misguided ideas I’ve held for years about the Passover, life at that time, and some other things.
It was a great book and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the Passover, the Last Supper, the customs and traditions of that time which people took seriously. If you’re just curious about the things, I recommend it also.
If you’ve read it and if you will read it, maybe you can share here your opinion of it, how it benefited you, what you’ve learned by reading it.