The Fourth Cup of the Last Supper

There was a tradition at Passover in Jesus’ time that speaks volumes as to what Jesus was communicating at the Last Supper. Scholars have done their best to reconstruct these traditions and in the light of them, everything from the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane to the cross (to the end times?) comes into deeper understanding. We begin to see the things that the Jews of Jesus’ time would have recognized in the Gospels and we realize that there’s a lot to the story we’ve been missing due to 2,000 years of cultural separation.

Drawing heavily from Brant Pitre’s book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, I look at the four cups Jesus would have drank at the Passover and why they are important to understanding our place in the story of God today. To some extent this is just a summary of chapter 6 of Pitre’s book, though with great respect to his work, I differ as to where Jesus drinks the fourth cup. Check it out on the podcast.


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Picture Credit: Roberta Sorge

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