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Blessed Are the Hungry: Meditations on the Lord's Supper

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The Lord s Supper is the world in miniature; it has cosmic significance. Within it we find clues to the meaning of all creation and all history, to the nature of God and the nature of man, to the mystery of the world, which is Christ. It is not confined to the first day, for its power fills seven. Though the table stands at the center, its effects stretch out to the four c ...more
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Published June 20th 2011 by Canon Press (first published December 19th 2000)
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Eric Chappell
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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These meditations (and concluding essay on Eucharist, Eschatology, & Culture) are mind blowing. Seriously, this is theology at it's best. A work that draws us into the drama of Scripture, unfolds the doctrine in its brilliance, leads us to doxological exclamation, and invites us into rich discipleship through the ordinary means Jesus instituted. For those of you skeptical of some of Leithart's theology, this book has a Michael Horton endorsement on the back. Dive in.

Impossible to summarize.
Jacob Aitken
Wow! This book was good. It was intended to be read as a meditation before each of the Lord's Suppers celebrated in the church; however, I couldn't put it down.

The purpose of the book is to eventually show how the celebration of the Lord's Supper leads to eschatological renewal and subsequently, the transformation of culture. This is the Epilogue of the book. The chapter (each about five pages or so) build up to this theme.

Leithart examines the many facets of the Supper in biblical history, star
Rick Davis
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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After finishing Defending Constantine, I sat down with another book by Peter Leithart, Blessed are the Hungry: Meditations on the Lord’s Supper. I originally intended to use Dr. Leithart’s meditations as devotional material, but I found that I couldn’t put the book down and finished it in a few days.

The majority of the book is a series of prolonged meditations on various aspects of the Lord’s Supper. Dr. Leithart draws on Ancient Near Eastern religions, Greek philosophy, and other historical mat
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent collection of 28 short devotional meditations on the Lord’s Supper. Peter Leithart combines his keen insights into Scripture and Reformed theology with a warm and pastoral style to explore the deep significance of the sacrament for the life of the Church. According the Leithart, a biblical worldview places the Table of the Lord at the very center of the universe where all of creation finds its meaning and significance. At the Table, the entire history of the universe is ...more
Becky Pliego
If you are member of a church which administers the Lord's Supper every Lord's Day with wine and bread, you are truly blessed.

Some further thoughts: How can some possibly say that one can make the Lord's Supper irrelevant and get "too used" to it if it is administered every week is beyond my comprehension. Isn't it what we, Christians, should long for every week? Just as much as we long to hear the Word preached, and the meeting with other Saints and worship the Triune God with them, and recite

This is unlike any book on the Lord's Supper that I have previously read. Leithart shows us how the theme of meals thought the Scriptures can actually give us a deeper theology of Communion. He does not deal with any of he debates that surround the Lord's Supper, rather he build for us a beautiful picture of a communal meal that we celebrate today in anticipation of eating it again in his presence. As a result I have found that I am better able to see those same themes on my own as I read the S
CJ Bowen
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
By not rehashing the Reformation debates over presence and sacrificial character, Dr. Leithart's meditations on the Lord's Supper has taught me more about the Lord's Supper than any book I've read. He closes with the reminder that the command is not "Reflect on this" but rather "Do this". This book helps to foster the hunger that feasting with Jesus fulfills.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This would be a great book to pull out every Sunday before celebrating Communion. It is primarily a series of meditations in which the author draws from all over the Scriptures to focus our thoughts as we share the bread and the cup.
Sam Strickland
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A little gem of a book. Ambitious while at the same time being unpretentious. Leithart composes a kind of biblical theology of the Lord's Supper with skill.
Douglas Wilson
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read together with Caroline. Good little meditations on the Lord’s Supper.
Aug 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction, theology
This book is not good. I had to read it for a group I'm in. Leithart is not my kind of guy. He refers to gay marriage as a "liberal evil," and in the closing essay he harps on man's (sic) superiority over the rest of nature. For me, when Jesus says "Are you not worth more than a sparrow?" I'm like "NO!" This book is the ultimate in WASPy straight male thoughtlessness. There are some good moments, but he is wedded to an idea of a closed table for a closed people, a church that is separate from th ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book on the Lord's Supper. The Eucharist is much bigger than we assume. The chapters are short and can be read independently form one another, which makes this book useful as a daily devotional. Also, the appendix is worth buying the book.
Joshua D.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story of the Scriptures through the lens of the Lord's Supper.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wide-angle lens on the Supper, rather than the zoom lens. Meditative/devotional walk through many OT texts.
Aaron Cummings
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cummings-shelfs
Profoundly shaped my thinking on communion and ecclesiastical community.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A bit fanciful at times, but nearly always fanciful in the right direction.
Lindsey Doolan
Jul 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
Great theory, but needs more emotional appeal.
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: devotion, theology
Outstanding. Brilliant. Transforming.
Jonathan Anderson
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Superb. Excellent biblical theological devotions on the Lord's Supper. Rich and textured. The closing essay is worth the price of the book.
Peter Jones
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Here Leithart shows how the Supper is everywhere in Scripture because Christ is everywhere in Scripture. Fruitful reading for the Christian life and for understanding Communion.
Justin Edgar
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book on food, the table, hospitality, the Lord's Supper
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Peter Leithart received an A.B. in English and History from Hillsdale College in 1981, and a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1986 and 1987. In 1998 he received his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England. He has served in two pastorates: He was pastor of Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church (now Trinity Presbyter ...more