This brief primer is directed toward the thousands of North American Christians who will sit down to a seder meal this year-some on Passover, some on Maundy Thursday-""to explore and honor the Jewishness of Jesus and the Jewish roots of Christianity."" It is the result of a unique collaboration between Smith, a Baptist minister in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Shapiro, a rabbi in the same community. Following some introductory tips on how to set the table and a short discussion of the role of Passover in Jesus' life as recorded in the New Testament, the authors offer a script for a sample seder, encouraging participants to adapt it to their own needs. Some of the script's questions are informational (""What is the meaning of the roasted shank bone? Why do we use three pieces of matzah?"") while others are more provocative and spiritual (""Can one who is a Christian be enslaved? How do we pursue peace?""). The book concludes with a helpful reading list of suggested books. Christians who are curious about Passover and would like to host or participate in a seder will not find a better guide that is written just for them.
Reviewed on: 01/31/2005 Release date: 02/01/2005 Genre: Religion