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The bestselling follow-up to Jesus and the Jewish Roots of
the Eucharist
. Includes a reader's guide and an excerpt from
Pitre's The Case for Jesus

In Jesus the
Bridegroom
, Brant Pitre once again taps into the wells of Jewish
Scripture and tradition, and unlocks the secrets of what is arguably the
most well-known symbol of the Christian faith: the cross of Christ. In
this thrilling exploration, Pitre shows how the suffering and death of
Jesus was far more than a tragic Roman execution. Instead, the Passion
of Christ was the fulfillment of ancient Jewish prophecies of a
wedding
, when the God of the universe would wed himself to humankind
in an everlasting nuptial covenant.
 
To be sure, most
Christians are familiar with the apostle Paul’s teaching that
Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the
‘Bride’. But what does this really mean? And what
would ever possess Paul to compare the death of Christ to the love of a
husband for his wife? If you would have been at the Crucifixion, with
Jesus hanging there dying, is that how you would have described
it? How could a first-century Jew like Paul, who knew how brutal Roman
crucifixions were, have ever compared the execution of Jesus to a
wedding? And why does he refer to this as the “great
mystery” (Ephesians 5:32)?
 
As Pitre shows, the key
to unlocking this mystery can be found by going back to Jewish Scripture
and tradition and seeing the entire history of salvation, from Mount
Sinai to Mount Calvary, as a divine love story between Creator
and creature, between God and Israel, between Christ and his
bride—a story that comes to its climax on the wood of a Roman
cross. 
 
In the pages of Jesus the
Bridegroom
, dozens of familiar passages in the Bible—the
Exodus, the Song of Songs, the Wedding at Cana, the Woman at the Well,
the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and even the Second Coming at the End
of Time—are suddenly transformed before our eyes. Indeed, when
seen in the light of Jewish Scripture and tradition, the life of Christ
is nothing less than the greatest love story ever told.

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Reviews for Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told:

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May 09, 2018

This is really a Fantastic book. I read one of Brant Pitre book last year The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ wonderfully written with collective evidence. This present book is more than the first one I read. This book changed many of my view about the Gospel, Brant Pitre managed to give several new insights to me. This will really help me in my Gospel preaching and homilies. Jesus as a Bridegroom, though I heard this concept in several times in theology and This is really a Fantastic book. I read one of Brant Pitre book last year The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ wonderfully written with collective evidence. This present book is more than the first one I read. This book changed many of my view about the Gospel, Brant Pitre managed to give several new insights to me. This will really help me in my Gospel preaching and homilies. Jesus as a Bridegroom, though I heard this concept in several times in theology and scriptural classes, it was not convincing for me. But when I read this book it really made sense in me.
The Manifestation at Cana, Samaritan Woman, and several other passages made really meaningful after reading this book. The several interpretations the author gives are really attractive. I loved to read it again. I got a bulk of notes from this book, thanks to Brant Pitre for his hard work. God will bless you to do His more fruitfully and it will help us again to understand the Scripture and love it with our heart. ...more
5

Apr 01, 2015

"He already knows 'everything we've ever done' (cf. John 4:29). And he is waiting by the well anyway."

Dr. Brant Pitre never disappoints! Want to know how much Jesus loves you? Read this book!
5

May 12, 2018

Very good

This was a great read. So many nuggets of wisdom and new revelation for me. Jesus is the Bridegroom and we must make ourselves ready, but how ? Read the book and you will learn of His unfathomable love for His bride, the Church and how she makes herself ready.
5

Jun 30, 2019

Brant Pitre in "Jesus the Bridegroom" provides beautiful, well written insight into the marriage of Christ, the bridegroom, to his bride, the Church. Pitre uses examples from sacred scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic church to deepen our faith and show how the theme of Christ the bridegroom is at the very heart of salvation. I found this a very meaningful book that help strength my faith.
4

Mar 27, 2014

As a Christian, I have read and heard references to the church being the “Bride of Christ” and references to Jesus as the “Bridegroom”. But I have never really thought a lot about it other than seeing it briefly as a vague symbolism for human marriage and how much God loves us. This book showed me that it is a lot more complex than I thought.

The author shows how Jesus and the Jews would interpret these references. But I will let the author explain the background for his book in his own words:
“ As a Christian, I have read and heard references to the church being the “Bride of Christ” and references to Jesus as the “Bridegroom”. But I have never really thought a lot about it other than seeing it briefly as a vague symbolism for human marriage and how much God loves us. This book showed me that it is a lot more complex than I thought.

The author shows how Jesus and the Jews would interpret these references. But I will let the author explain the background for his book in his own words:
“Before we can understand what it would have meant for Jesus and the first Jewish Christians to refer to Him as “the Bridegroom” we need to understand why it is that ancient Jews referred to YHWH, the God of Israel, as the divine “Bridegroom.” From an ancient Jewish perspective, the God who created the universe is the “Bridegroom,” and all of human history is a kind of divine love story. From an ancient Jewish perspective, the history of salvation was centered on the events that took place at Mount Sinai during the exodus from Egypt at the time of Moses. And from an ancient Jewish perspective, the relationship between God and Israel that was established at Mount Sinai was not just a sacred bond revolving around the laws of the Ten Commandments. From the perspective of the Biblical prophets, what happened at Mount Sinai was nothing less than a divine wedding.”

Wow! I had never even thought of that! From a Biblical perspective, a “covenant” was a sacred family bond between persons, establishing between them a permanent and sacred relationship.

The author also uses examples from the New Testament. He discusses the miracle at the wedding in Cana, the Samaritan woman at the well, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper (Communion), and explains how the “Bride and Bridegroom” and marriage relationship are played out in those events.

I will be perfectly honest and tell you that at first I was uncomfortable with the idea that God uses human marriage as an example to help us understand His relationship with the church (and therefore, with us). Looking at marriage in 2014 and the mess we make of it sure isn’t what I want to think of when I think about my relationship with God. But the author explained how marriage is viewed through the eyes of God and how God really does use His relationship with Israel and the Church as a model to be reflected in human marriage.

I recommend this book to everyone interested in Biblical topics. At the back of the book the author lists many important Jewish sources utilized by contemporary scholars. I want to add all of them to my “want to read” list. Check it out!

I was provided a free copy of this book for review from Crown Publishing. I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.
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Apr 15, 2014

I received "Jesus the Bridegroom" by Brant Pitre as a Goodreads Giveaway. The short blurb explaining the topic and scope of the book intrigued me and I was quite eager to begin reading. I was highly disappointed as I read on however. I must admit that during I was the introduction and the first two chapters very intersting and educational. Pitre seems to assume that his reader is aware of and resistant to the idea of Jesus being the bridegroom and the church being his bride. That is a concept I received "Jesus the Bridegroom" by Brant Pitre as a Goodreads Giveaway. The short blurb explaining the topic and scope of the book intrigued me and I was quite eager to begin reading. I was highly disappointed as I read on however. I must admit that during I was the introduction and the first two chapters very intersting and educational. Pitre seems to assume that his reader is aware of and resistant to the idea of Jesus being the bridegroom and the church being his bride. That is a concept that I have heard about and been taught for many, many years so while I found his explanations a little redundant they made sense.
Beginning in the third chapter, concerning the Samaritan woman, I saw a major difference between what I've been taught over the years and that was the first thing that began to bother me about the book. I have always been taught and in what I've read I've always seen that the Jews didn't associate with Samaritans because they were mixed with foreigner blood. I was a little confused as to why that didn't seem to be mentioned.
I must ackowledge that I did find the in-depth research Pitre did into ancient Jewish wedding customs interesting, if not overzealous. I also found odd, unless somehow I skipped over it, that Pitre says he'll explain why "husbands apparently get off so easy with the simple command to 'love' their wives" and then that explanation is never fully given.
Overall, I would recommend avoiding this book. Yes there are valuable concepts explained. Yes Pitre did a large amount of research which he generously shares with the reader. However, in my opinion, this explanation and resaerch could have been shared in a much shorter and less convoluted way. ...more
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Apr 27, 2014

As in his first book, Pitre makes interesting use of Jewish source material to shed light on Christian traditions. He explains the Jewish cultural understanding of a bridegroom, explaining some of the Biblical language and discussing the nuptial relationship between Jesus and His people. Really thought-provoking and illuminating, and a great read for the Lenten season.
5

Mar 01, 2017

One of the best book that describe Jesus as the bridegroom of the church... the book is centered on how Jesus lay His life for his bride (the church)... Brant Pitre uses Jewish written traditions to explain the old and new testaments, to know the perspective of the author....
5

Mar 28, 2018

One of the most fascinating books I've read on Jesus' reliving and fulfilling the Old Testament. Such a love story!
4

Apr 15, 2017

This book is a solid look at a beautiful and glorious approach to our relationship with Christ. The author delves deeply into Scripture and yet makes it a very accessible book to read. I love the historical analysis of Jewish thought and culture in relation to what is revealed in Scripture. The author's presentation of these materials invite the reader to a deeper understanding of meaning, symbolism, and message. I am certainly curious about the author's other books after reading this one. This book is a solid look at a beautiful and glorious approach to our relationship with Christ. The author delves deeply into Scripture and yet makes it a very accessible book to read. I love the historical analysis of Jewish thought and culture in relation to what is revealed in Scripture. The author's presentation of these materials invite the reader to a deeper understanding of meaning, symbolism, and message. I am certainly curious about the author's other books after reading this one. Again, a very solid book. One which leaves me in love with Jesus, and enthralled about studying His Word more deeply. ...more
5

Apr 28, 2014

The book Jesus the Bridegroom is a more detailed version of Dr. Brant Pitre's talk with the same name. Using covenantal theology and an understanding of Jewish custom, Dr. Pitre walks us step-by-step through the divine love story of Jesus and the human race. We begin with the covenant at Mount Sinai where God made Israel His people. Then, we quickly and constantly see Israel fall away and break the covenant, in such instances as the golden calf and their constant forsaking of God to follow false The book Jesus the Bridegroom is a more detailed version of Dr. Brant Pitre's talk with the same name. Using covenantal theology and an understanding of Jewish custom, Dr. Pitre walks us step-by-step through the divine love story of Jesus and the human race. We begin with the covenant at Mount Sinai where God made Israel His people. Then, we quickly and constantly see Israel fall away and break the covenant, in such instances as the golden calf and their constant forsaking of God to follow false gods.

After that, Dr. Pitre introduces us to the key players. Jesus, of course, is the bridegroom and John the Baptist is the best man. But a groom can't be a groom without a bride. This leads to what I consider the most interesting chapter in the book - "The Woman at the Well." Dr. Pitre compares the story of the Samaritan woman at the well to Old Testament references of women at the well. Isaac's bride was found by Abraham's servant at a well. Both Jacob and Moses met their wives at wells also. In fact, Jesus met the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. With Jesus approaching this woman at the well, he is extending His love to not only Israel but the whole human race. After this we see Jesus establish a New Covenant at the Last Supper, where He instituted the Eucharist with the twelve apostles who were symbolic of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. We see the actual wedding day on the Crucifixion.

This is an absolutely amazing book. I grew up a good Southern Baptist. I knew my parables, particularly the one of the Ten Virgins, and thus I knew that Jesus was groom; we were His bride; and to always be on the lookout for his Second Coming. What I didn't know is just how deep; how rich the theme of Jesus as the Bridegroom ran not only through the New Testament, but the Old Testament as well. My mind is literally blown and I want to read this book again just to let it sink in further and pick up points I missed. Dr. Pitre is an amazing scholar and, I can't wait to see what he has in store for us next! ...more
5

Apr 17, 2018

Jesus the Bridegroom by Brant Pitre is a must read for all Christian readers, especially those who are Catholic. It explains and takes readers, like myself, on a journey to following the relationship between Jesus and the church. I was impressed with the research that went into making this book. There were plenty of quoted material that went with the pages as they continued the discussion. I loved how Brant Pitre showed us, readers, the way of Jesus and the way of the Jews. History, faith, and Jesus the Bridegroom by Brant Pitre is a must read for all Christian readers, especially those who are Catholic. It explains and takes readers, like myself, on a journey to following the relationship between Jesus and the church. I was impressed with the research that went into making this book. There were plenty of quoted material that went with the pages as they continued the discussion. I loved how Brant Pitre showed us, readers, the way of Jesus and the way of the Jews. History, faith, and Christian doctrine are implemented throughout this book. I enjoyed diving deeper into my faith with Brant Pitre as my guide. His words were easy to follow and made understanding the content of that historical moment in a way that was epic. I would recommend this to readers worldwide. If you're Catholic definitely read this, if you're another Christian faith, read it to familiarize yourself with relationship of Jesus Christ. Overall, it was educational, informative, and well-done.

I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review. ...more
5

Feb 18, 2019

Dr. Pitre illustrates brilliantly the strong theological thread of nuptial bridegroom/bride imagery that characterizes much of salvation history, from the covenants of the Old Testament, to the mysterious words of John the Baptist regarding Christ, to Jesus' own symbolic words and gestures in places like Cana and the Smaritan well, and the fascinating parallels between the Last Supper and Calvary and wedding feasts and chambers. Of course, Revelation points to eternity using wedding banquet Dr. Pitre illustrates brilliantly the strong theological thread of nuptial bridegroom/bride imagery that characterizes much of salvation history, from the covenants of the Old Testament, to the mysterious words of John the Baptist regarding Christ, to Jesus' own symbolic words and gestures in places like Cana and the Smaritan well, and the fascinating parallels between the Last Supper and Calvary and wedding feasts and chambers. Of course, Revelation points to eternity using wedding banquet imagery as well.

It's an underserved dimension of divine revelation and yet might be the very key to understanding it. For readers who need to understand the nature and extent of God's love for his creation, this book will go a long way. ...more
5

Jun 04, 2019

Once again, Pitre organizes historical, scholastic, and theological sources into a cohesive telling of Jewish messianic expectations. This book focuses on God as the bridegroom of His people. Just like in his other books, he does not convey a cold academic concept. Instead, Pitre shows the reader how these concepts are relevant and directly impact the reader's life today. I walk away from this book having learned many new things and knowing that I will return to reference in the future.
5

Jul 06, 2017

One of the keys to understanding Biblical concepts is to look at them through the lens of the intended audience of the original reader. Dr. Pitre draws excellent and orthodox conclusions regarding Christ as the Bridegroom and the Church as the bride. It helps open up the scriptures in a way that is consistent with church teaching while at the same time providing depth. Highly recommended!
5

Apr 07, 2019

Great presentation of the “bridegroom” framework from the Gospels. The author deftly weaves Jewish Scripture and context to display its fulfillment in Jesus’ life. Also provides a definitive take on the concepts of love and neighbor. A must-read for those wishing to take a deeper delve into the Gospels, as well as discerning positive steps in living out one’s faith.
5

Aug 13, 2018

A book inspires to love

This book awakens your love. It inspires you to be a bride who waits for your bridegroom who went to prepare our space in his father's house. A new direction for our spiritual life which has been veiled for centuries, though it helped saints,martyrs to live and die for him
4

Jul 03, 2017

Good read on the love of God for us

Systematic introduction to this whole bridegroom narrative and why it's an important part of Catholic tradition. Theology and practical writing blend into an easy read...
5

Aug 20, 2019

Absolutely excellent single-volume explanation of God in scripture, rooted in Jewish/Christian tradition: God is a compassionate, merciful bridegroom who wants to be in a deep, personal relationship with his people. If it's only one spiritual book you read this year, make it this one.
5

Sep 04, 2019

Excellent book detailing the relationship between Christ, as Bridegroom and the Church, his Bride. A guided tour of the scriptures and Jewish tradition unveiling further with depth and beauty, who Christ was and is. A must read.
5

May 18, 2017

Fantastic. This made for excellent reading during Holy Week. Will definitely read again.
3

Feb 18, 2019

The book included significant insights into scripture and history, but the content grew highly repetitive to the point of annoyance.
5

Oct 21, 2015

I will be unpacking the riches of this book for months to come. If you have always wanted to learn more about Jesus as bridegroom and his bride the church, this book truly delivers. As if by gift the author gives us the advantage of his knowledge of Jewish scripture (Old Testament). He gently guides the readers through the connections between Old and New Testament. We learn more about the wedding at Cana, the woman at the well, the last supper, current day marriage, and the end of times in I will be unpacking the riches of this book for months to come. If you have always wanted to learn more about Jesus as bridegroom and his bride the church, this book truly delivers. As if by gift the author gives us the advantage of his knowledge of Jewish scripture (Old Testament). He gently guides the readers through the connections between Old and New Testament. We learn more about the wedding at Cana, the woman at the well, the last supper, current day marriage, and the end of times in Revelation. It is logical that the disciples and Jesus would have been knowledgeable of the Jewish scripture. Maybe they understood more of what was happening than we give them credit because they had this back knowledge of scripture and culture that is not currently obvious to us in our current age.

This book has deepened my faith and has brought me to a more personal relationship with Jesus. It was not hard to read or overly long but I found myself stopping and reflecting on many passages. I like there are many bible references allowing further study. It changes how I think of salvation history making a cohesive storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would like to read more from this author.

I recommend this book to you to discover the deep intimate love of God for you. Ultimately the author helps you to see the crucifixion as great love for us, not as God out there but as a God right here. I also enjoyed quotes from early church fathers and Jewish tradition. In fulfillment of the old law, we see Jesus more clearly in God's plan.

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Mar 04, 2014

I received a copy of this book from a First-Reads GoodReads giveaway.

Brant Pitre presents an argument with such detail with reputable sources that I couldn't help but be persuaded. Jesus the Bridegroom helped strengthen my faith by introducing a new understanding on Jesus' crucifixion, with Jesus being the bridegroom and the church being his bride. I've never considered the crucifixion being a marital ceremony, but Pitre introduces the idea with such clarity that I was able to change my I received a copy of this book from a First-Reads GoodReads giveaway.

Brant Pitre presents an argument with such detail with reputable sources that I couldn't help but be persuaded. Jesus the Bridegroom helped strengthen my faith by introducing a new understanding on Jesus' crucifixion, with Jesus being the bridegroom and the church being his bride. I've never considered the crucifixion being a marital ceremony, but Pitre introduces the idea with such clarity that I was able to change my perception on the matter.
What I enjoy most about the book is how Pitre writes the novel like a research paper, but it surprisingly is an enjoyable read for being in such format. Pitre uses Biblical quotes to introduce his evidence and then support his argument using ancient Jewish books written during the time period. By using the ancient Jewish writings as evidence, he provides the reader with a better understanding on the Biblical quotes, as the writings add a better perspective on what Jesus' teachings meant to a Jewish person at the time. Also, he cited quotes from popes and saints during the first millennium to further give evidence to his argument.
Jesus the Bridegroom kept me enthralled throughout the novel and by it's end, my Christian faith was established with a new understanding of Jesus' purpose on earth. I highly recommend this book to any believer and will use my copy of it to lend to fellow church goers. ...more
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Jul 27, 2015

A great exploration on the relationship between Jesus' passion, his marriage to the Church, our life of faith, and the marriage between two people. This should be read more as an introduction to mysterious relationships than a thorough proof. Many of the arguments go like this, "This could be seen like this, and if so, just think of the implications!" The main thrust - that Christ will marry the Church and much of our lives are participating in that reality - is solid and well grounded, but some A great exploration on the relationship between Jesus' passion, his marriage to the Church, our life of faith, and the marriage between two people. This should be read more as an introduction to mysterious relationships than a thorough proof. Many of the arguments go like this, "This could be seen like this, and if so, just think of the implications!" The main thrust - that Christ will marry the Church and much of our lives are participating in that reality - is solid and well grounded, but some of the specifics are more about having fun in the mystery of it all and leaning into the reality of all creation.

There is a heavy dose of quotations in this book and almost all of them are from church fathers prior to 500 A.D. and Catholic Popes. This author assumes the transubstantiation of the eucharist (helpfully argues the point a bit), that marriage is a sacrament like baptism and the eucharist, and that celibacy has two specific offices in the life of the church. ...more

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