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The Book of the People: How to Read the Bible Hardcover – 2015
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The author strongly criticizes the "literalists" that only want to "follow" the written word as well as the "archaeologists" who are looking for proof of the historical Jesus. If you belong to one of those camps beware!
Talking about the Eucharist the author has this to say
"For millions upon millions of human beings since AD 50 or so, when Paul described the Eucharist in Corinth, this rite has been enacted, and people have felt in it that they knew the presence of Christ. It is the centre of Christian life, and of its tradition. This action – taking bread, breaking it, repeating the words of Jesus, ‘This is My Body’ – is something which Christians have been doing as long as there have been Christians.
That is a matter of fact.
Is there any need to go beyond this fact to establish facts which are not known – such as whether Jesus really did institute the Meal? And if so, do we need to know when he did so?
Clearly, the Meal, the Eucharist, is part of the very earliest tradition. For a practising Christian, therefore, who takes the tradition seriously, it is part of the faith, not merely that Christians have been doing this since, say, AD 50, but that it is a rite instituted by the Lord."