By Brant Pitre
In Jesus the Bridegroom, Brant Pitre once more faucets into the wells of Jewish Scripture and culture, and unlocks the secrets and techniques of what's arguably the main famous image of the Christian religion: the move of Christ. during this exciting exploration, Pitre exhibits how the discomfort and demise of Jesus used to be way over a sad Roman execution. in its place, the fervour of Christ used to be the success of historical Jewish prophecies of a wedding, while the God of the universe may wed himself to humankind in an enduring nuptial covenant.
to make sure, such a lot Christians are accustomed to the apostle Paul’s educating that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the ‘Bride’. yet what does this particularly mean? And what might ever own Paul to match the dying of Christ to the affection of a husband for his spouse? should you could were on the Crucifixion, with Jesus striking there demise, is that how you could have defined it? How may perhaps a first-century Jew like Paul, who knew how brutal Roman crucifixions have been, have ever in comparison the execution of Jesus to a marriage? And why does he discuss with this because the “great mystery” (Ephesians 5:32)?
As Pitre indicates, the main to unlocking this secret are available through going again to Jewish Scripture and culture and seeing the full background of salvation, from Mount Sinai to Mount Calvary, as a divine love story among author and creature, among God and Israel, among Christ and his bride—a tale that involves its climax at the wooden of a Roman cross.
within the pages of Jesus the Bridegroom, dozens of common passages within the Bible—the Exodus, the tune of Songs, the marriage at Cana, the lady on the good, the final Supper, the Crucifixion, or even the second one Coming on the finish of Time—are without warning reworked ahead of our eyes. certainly, while obvious within the gentle of Jewish Scripture and culture, the lifetime of Christ is not anything below the best love tale ever instructed.