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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Image (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770435459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770435455
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book will change you. It is an invitation to the Messiah's wedding feast--and a foretaste of heaven. It will change the way you experience the sacraments, personal prayer, Scripture study, and marriage. Most of all, it will deepen your love for Christ." -Scott Hahn, author of The Lamb's Supper and Signs of Life.

"Brant Pitre has a wonderful gift for blending insight, scholarship, and an elegant, appealing style. The result is an extraordinary encounter with Jesus Christ, the meaning of his mission, and the spousal nature of God's love for humanity and Christ's love for the Church." -Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Capp., Archbishop of Philadelphia

"Brant Pitre helps us to know Jesus not just as a Savior and lord, but as our divine bridegroom. This excellent book show how the theme of Christ the bridegroom is at the very heart of salvation history and how it can transform the way we view baptism, the Eucharist, marriage, and our own relationship with Christ. The profound Biblical insights and clear, engaging writing style will take you deeper into the divine love story found in Sacred Scripture." -Edward Sri, author of Walking with Mary

“With his customary combination of deep erudition and clarity of expression, Brant Pitre sheds light on a central theme of the New Testament:  Jesus as the incarnation of the God who wants to marry his people.  In the course of elaborating this motif, Pitre offers wonderfully fresh readings of the Wedding Feast of Cana, the Woman at the Well, the Last Supper, and the Crucifixion.  His interpretation of the Passion as the consummation of the spousal relationship between Jesus and his people is simply stunning.  This is a book that will appeal to both the scholar and the ordinary believer, indeed to anyone interested in understanding Jesus Christ more profoundly.” -Father Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire and author of Catholicism

About the Author

BRANT PITRE is a professor of sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the author of the bestselling book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper (2011). Dr. Pitre is an extremely enthusiastic and highly sought-after speaker who lectures regularly across the United States. He has produced dozens of Bible studies on both CD and DVD, in which he explores the biblical roots of the Catholic faith. He has also appeared on a number of Catholic radio and television shows, such as Catholic Answers Live and EWTN. He currently lives in Louisiana with his wife, Elizabeth, and their five young children.

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Solid theology is readable form!
Eileen Kosnik
I highly recommend this book to all that want to know more about their faith especially from the roots of Christianity which is Judaism.
Brian Mood
The book Jesus the Bridegroom is a more detailed version of Dr. Brant Pitre's talk with the same name.
Stuart Dunn

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Look at who has endosed this book!!! Hahn, Archbiship Chaput, Sri, Fr. Barron, and because they ran out of room, Mike Aquilina is on the left fold of the dust jacket! Those of us familiar with the scholarship of Dr. Brant Pitre know how he brings a wealth of knowledge of the "Jewish Roots" of Christianity to all of his teachings and writings and it is not surprising that these well known clergymen and bible scholars lined up to tell us why we need to read this book.

Pitre shows us what it really means to have a "personal relationship" with Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior, and "Bridegroom". We learn how the Mystery of the Crucifixion is Jesus' wedding day, what we are to make of The Song of Solomon, why Jesus is "The Bridegoom" and why the Church is "The New Bride", and we also are shown how the 7 Sacraments are all, in their own way, "Nuptial" Mysteries, and much more. A truly awesome gift to the People of God and to the individual to take to private meditation and contemplation in the spirit of the "spousal prayer" of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross - the Carmelite spiritual masters and Doctors of the Church.

I strongly recommend visiting Dr. Pitre's website and checking out all of his CD sets which present many of his shorter bible studies as well has many of his course length topics.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Neff on March 21, 2014
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RUN, don't walk, to get this book and read it. Dr. Pitre has put together a fascinating synthesis of Biblical exegesis pointing to Jesus as the divine Bridegroom. While other authors have captured parts of this theme, most notably and recently in works focused on Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body, Pitre comes at it with a very fresh angle - highlighting the distinctly Jewish roots of God as bridegroom and the chosen people (Church) as bride, and then discussing how Jesus and the New Testament entail the fulfillment of this marriage. In the OT, Pitre examines the Israelites at Mt. Sinai, the prophets, and the Song of Songs to illuminate how the Jewish scriptures point toward the marriage between God and his people. In the New Testament, Pitre unpacks what often seem obscure details of NT episodes - especially the parables of Christ, the meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well, the wedding feast of Cana, Paul's letter to the Ephesians, and Revelation. With a careful reading (and Jewish glasses) he shows how Jesus is truly the divine bridegroom and his Church the bride in these varied Scriptural texts.

What Dr. Pitre has said here is not new, but it has been neglected in mainstream Christianity (including most of the Catholic world). Dr. Pitre points out as much. The Church fathers, popes, and many other scholars have all taught this through the centuries. in "Jesus the Bridegroom," Dr. Pitre has wonderfully and accessibly re-wrapped the gift for us. It's the best "re-gift" you'll ever get.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Ling on June 28, 2014
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The themes in scripture that are woven into its tapestry from Genesis to Revelation, are, in part, what give the Bible both its authority and beauty. Years ago I read a work by the late J. Sidlow Baxter called The Master Theme of the Bible in which he traced the theme of the Lamb of God throughout the scripture. I remember being both deeply encouraged and filled with wonder at this singular thread that stretched the breadth of God’s Word. I had that same experience reading Jesus the Bridegroom by Brant Pitre as he explores the theme of the God who wants to marry His people. Dr. Pitre is Professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary, in New Orleans, Louisiana. With a Ph.D. in New Testament and ancient Judaism, Pirte’s passion is to help people “see” the message of scripture through the lens of ancient Jewish eyes. He makes use of a wide range of extrabiblical Jewish writings (which he is careful to insist are not “inspired”) and quotes heavily from these Rabbinic sources to add color and insight to the New Testament.

Pitre endeavors to present Yahweh not only as the creator but as the One who desires to be “united to His creatures in an everlasting relationship that is so intimate, so permanent, so sacrificial, and so life-giving that it can only be described as a marriage between Creator and creatures, between God and human beings, between YHWH and Israel.” Pitre traces this idea beginning with the “divine wedding” covenant at Mount Sinai, through the spiritual adulteries of Israel and into the moment when John the Baptist describes himself as the “friend of the Bridegroom.” (Jn. 3:29) The Bridegroom is Jesus, the Incarnate One, who has come to win the redemption of His bride.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Wright on April 4, 2014
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As a Christian, I have read and heard references to the church being the “Bride of Christ” and references to Jesus as the “Bridegroom”. But I have never really thought a lot about it other than seeing it briefly as a vague symbolism for human marriage and how much God loves us. This book showed me that it is a lot more complex than I thought.

The author shows how Jesus and the Jews would interpret these references. But I will let the author explain the background for his book in his own words:
“Before we can understand what it would have meant for Jesus and the first Jewish Christians to refer to Him as “the Bridegroom” we need to understand why it is that ancient Jews referred to YHWH, the God of Israel, as the divine “Bridegroom.” From an ancient Jewish perspective, the God who created the universe is the “Bridegroom,” and all of human history is a kind of divine love story. From an ancient Jewish perspective, the history of salvation was centered on the events that took place at Mount Sinai during the exodus from Egypt at the time of Moses. And from an ancient Jewish perspective, the relationship between God and Israel that was established at Mount Sinai was not just a sacred bond revolving around the laws of the Ten Commandments. From the perspective of the Biblical prophets, what happened at Mount Sinai was nothing less than a divine wedding.”

Wow! I had never even thought of that! From a Biblical perspective, a “covenant” was a sacred family bond between persons, establishing between them a permanent and sacred relationship.

The author also uses examples from the New Testament.
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