Notes on Books I’ve Read (“Broken Bread: An Ancient Look at the First Last Supper” by Jay Richard McCarl.)

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.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

6) Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

7) But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

8) Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

9) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.

10) But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15) But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16) For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? but we have the mind of Christ.

“If evangelization is the most important task…”

“If evangelization is the most important task, the task that comes immediately after it—not in tenth place, nor even in third place, but in second place—is not politics, nor economics, nor the quest for comfort and security and ease, but to find out exactly what is happening to the mind and the spirit in the schools and universities. And once the Christian discovers that there is a total divorce between mind and spirit in the schools and universities, between the perfection of thought and the perfection of soul and character, between intellectual sophistication and the spiritual worth of the individual human person, between reason and faith, between the pride of knowledge and the contrition of heart consequent upon being a mere creature and once he realizes that Jesus Christ will find himself less at home on the campuses of the great universities in Europe and America than almost anywhere else, he will be profoundly disturbed, and he will inquire what can be done to recapture the great universities for Jesus Christ, the universities which would not have come into being in the first place without him.”

—Charles Malik (“The Two Tasks,” 1980)