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Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD, has served for more than three decades as professor of liturgy at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He is a world-renowned liturgist and holder of the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Chair in Liturgy, Worship and Ritual. His work combines research in Jewish ritual, worship and spirituality with a passion for the spiritual renewal of contemporary Judaism.His many books, written and edited, include seven volumes in the Prayers of Awe series: Who by Fire, Who by Water Un'taneh Tokef; All These Vows Kol Nidre; We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism Ashamnu and Al Chet; May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism Yizkor; All the World: Universalism, Particularism and the High Holy Days; Naming God: Avinu Malkeinu Our Father, Our King; and Encountering God: El Rachum V'chanun God Merciful and Gracious. Hoffman also edited the ten-volume series My People s Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; and coedited My People s Passover Haggadah: Traditional Texts, Modern Commentaries, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award (all Jewish Lights).Rabbi Hoffman cofounded and developed Synagogue 2/3000, a transdenominational project to envision and implement the ideal synagogue of the spirit for the twenty-first century. In that capacity, he wrote Rethinking Synagogues: A New Vocabulary for Congregational Life (Jewish Lights).

Paul F. Bradshaw is emeritus professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, an honorary canon of the Diocese of Northern Indiana (Episcopal Church), and a priest-vicar of Westminster Abbey. He has written, cowritten, or edited more than twenty books on the subject of Christian worship, including Reconstructing Early Christian Worship; The Origins of Feasts, Fasts, and Seasons in Early Christianity; and The Eucharistic Liturgies (all from Liturgical Press). A former president of both the North American Academy of Liturgy and the international Societas Liturgica, he was also editor-in-chief of the journal Studia Liturgica from 1987 to 2005.
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Product Details

  • Series: Two Liturgical Traditions (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press (August 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268038597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268038595
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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I primarily bought this book to see what the scholarly view on easter was, how it all got started. I had formed an opinion already based on my reading of the relevant easter sources, ie Melito, Iranaeas, Eusebios and etc. It more or less confirmed my opinion that easter developed out of the Jewish pasech but there were conclusions and evidences I did not consider enough or appreciate. One thing this should help do is provide an educated opinion which is contrary to the common popular myth that easter was originally a pagan festival, a myth which needs to be refuted every time easter comes about.

Beyond this, the book details the growth and development of the feast, how at first the focus was not primarily on the resurrection but on the slain lamb of God, which is common in Melito's sermon. How the easter celebration came to encompass holy week and gradually in the liturgical traditions both east and west become a time for remembering and reliving key parts of the gospel and passion.

The information about the Jewish practice is also worth paying attention to in that we should understand Christianity and Judaism growing up together while challenging the other through specific developments. Passover for the Jewish community according to this book is not as some might believe a unchanged feast, it had to develop in response to Christianity and the destruction of the temple.

In short, get this book if you are at all interested in the history of these two sacred feasts.
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If you have not read this book, you are not well enough informed on the subject(s), even if you are a seminary grad and/or Pastor. This book is a complete treatment of the histories and comparison's of Passover and Easter. If you are a spiritual leader in any position, absorbing this book will provide the only way for you to be confident you are leading your "flock" with an accurate, non-biased approach, especially during the Passover/Easter season every year.
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