My first introduction to Brant Pitre was his doctoral dissertation which was published by Baker Academic in 2005. The 586-page book was titled Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile (now out of print). Scot McKnight said of this book, “Not only a good read but also simply an important contribution to scholarship and the down payment of much more to come from this young, insightful, and wise scholar. Of the dissertations I’ve read, this is perhaps the finest.” My second exposure to him came in a much more lay friendly format: Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (Image Books). The first book demonstrated his depth as a scholar. The second showed me he knew how to communicate to a lay audience with just as much depth. So when my Eerdmans rep showed me his next book I was genuinely excited. Coming this Fall will be Jesus and the Last Supper. Here’s the catalog description:
The most extensive study to date of the historical Jesus and the Last Supper.
Who did Jesus of Nazareth claim to be? What was his relationship with early Judaism? When and how did he expect the kingdom to come? What were his intentions? Though these key questions have been addressed in studies of the historical Jesus, Brant Pitre argues that they cannot be fully answered apart from a careful historical analysis of the Last Supper accounts.
In this book Pitre offers a rigorous, up-to-date study of the historical Jesus and the Last Supper, filling a significant gap in current Jesus research. Situating the Last Supper in the triple contexts of ancient Judaism, the life of Jesus, and early Christianity, Pitre brings to light crucial insights into major issues driving the quest for Jesus. His Jesus and the Last Supper is sure to ignite discussion and debate.”
I have no doubt this will be a solid contribution to historical Jesus studies. Pitre’s scholarship has marked itself early on as competent, insightful, and compelling.
Watch for it this November. Jesus and the Last Supper will be a hardcover with 560 pages and sell for $55.00.
Brant Pitre is professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana. You can find his website here.