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Table and Temple: The Christian Eucharist and Its Jewish Roots

, 2020
ISBN: 9780802874801
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In most modern discussions of the Eucharist, the Jewish temple and its services of worship do not play a large role. They are often mentioned in passing, but they do little work in grounding, organizing, or explicating what is happening in the Eucharistic celebration.

In Table and Temple, David Stubbs throws light on the reasons for this neglect and shows the important role the temple and its worship played in the imagination of Jesus and his disciples about this central Christian practice. He then explores the five central meanings of the temple and its main services of worship, demonstrating their relationship to the five central meanings of the Christian Eucharist.

These central meanings of the temple itself, the daily, weekly and monthly sacrifices, and the three pilgrim feasts are linked to the history of salvation. Stubbs distills them to (1) the real presence of God and God’s Kingdom among God’s people, (2) thanksgiving for creation and providence, (3) remembrance of past deliverance, (4) covenant renewal in the present, and (5) a hopeful celebration of the feast to come. They provide a solid ground upon which to organize contemporary Christian Eucharistic imagination and practice. Such a solid ground not only expands our theology and enriches contemporary practice, but is also a means to bring greater ecumenical unity to this central Christian rite.

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  • Examines the important role the temple and its worship play in the Eucharist
  • Provides a solid ground upon which to organize contemporary Christian Eucharistic imagination and practice
  • Explores the five central meanings of the temple and its main services of worship

Part I: Bridging the Gap between Table and Temple

  • Ancient Connections, Modern Gaps: Table and Temple in Church and Academy
  • Reconnecting Table and Temple: Roots, Echoes, Images, and Figural Performances

Part II: The Table in Light of the Temple

  • The Jewish Temple: God with Us and a Conduit of the Kingdom
  • The Eucharist in the Early Church: Temple Themes Transformed
  • The Table Today: The Presence of God and the Kingdom in the Eucharist

Part III: Table Practices in Light of Temple Practices

  • Central Practices at the Temple: From Daily Worship to the Three Pilgrim Feasts
  • Foundational Meanings of the Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Celebrations: Thanksgiving for Creation and Providence
  • Passover: Remembrance, Faith and Deliverance through the Sacrifice of the Firstborn
  • Pentecost: The Covenant Renewed in the Present
  • The Feast of Booths: A Foretaste of the Feast to Come

Part IV: Cultivating a Table-Temple Imagination among Protestants

  • On Music, Intentions, Space, and Prayers

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A central interest of David Stubbs’s scholarly work is the impact that different philosophies and cultures have had on the church’s theological and ethical imagination. That interest finds particular focus in his continued work on the concept of participation in Christ and sanctification in the modern Reformed tradition. His interest in theology and ethics has not been purely academic, however. David has worked in college ministries and worship leadership for many years, served as a construction manager for Habitat for Humanity, taught English in China, and participated in and led several mission service projects in the U.S., Argentina, and Mexico. Dr. Stubbs recently published a theological commentary on the book of Numbers with Brazos Press and is working on a project exploring the influence of Israelite worship on the Lord’s Supper. He is also part of the steering committees of the Systematic Theology group of the American Academy of Religion and on the editorial board of Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought. Dr. Stubbs has published and presented in areas such as sacraments, ethics, the theological ethics of Karl Barth, Christian views on war, Eastern Orthodoxy, and the impact of Anglo-American postmodernism on ethics and theology.


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