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April 10, 2009 at 4:09 pm #637


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April 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm #5734

Robert Slate

The question reminds me of the saying.” It walks like a duck; it quacks like a duck; it looks like a duck. Yes, it must be a duck.”

According to the Gospels, Mark 14:12 tells us that Jesus prepared for the Last Supper on the “first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover Lamb.”

If he and his disciples gathered to eat the Passover sacrifice, what else could that meal have been except a Passover seder?

April 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm #6701

Pete Gibson

The evidence is not simple. By the first (or prior) day, Mark means the day on which the lambs were sacrificed, which precedes sunset when Passover began. Perhaps Matthew means the same; Luke has the same qualifier: when they immolate the pasch. The Synoptics do not mention the lamb or bitter herbs, etc., but do mention the release of a prisoner Barabbas for Passover (to eat it), and Simon of Cyrene coming in from the fields at midday (when work ended early for lamb sacrifices to begin), and the quote Eli Eli was taken as calling Elijah (who is to return at Passover). The early Christians took it for 14 Nisan, the “eve” of Passover.

December 10, 2012 at 9:54 am #8865

Harry Johns

Another study of this issue has been published on the site of Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple, a historian who has written on 1st Century Judaism – see

February 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm #10034

mary vargas

Rabbi, I read your article with great interest. I would like to address something you said and please know I have only the deepest respect for Judaism. I believe what the Bible says and that the Jewish people are G-ds chosen people yesterday, today and always. I wouldn’t ever want to usurp anyone else’s ritual. But I believe every word the Bible says old and new testament. The Passover ritual is beautiful and meaningful to me on so many levels. My great grandfather came from a family of many rabbis but I was raised a Christian. To put this as simply as I can, If my Savior is Jewish and He practiced the Jewish faith it is part of me and I want to know all that I can about how He led His life Thank you for hearing me.

April 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm #20239

Adam Kosterski

I believe this article should clear everything up. I would also add that going by this information to call the last supper a seder is a misnomer and it should really be referred to as simply the ancient (temple based) Passover meal. Shalom, A. p.s. I am reposting in by this method as I’m confused by the fb type comment section above which does not show my earlier comment. Shalom, A

April 2, 2015 at 10:12 am #20896

jan heaton

“this is my body” refers to unleavened bread-[ w/o leavening, there is no spirit-]Blood has the Spirit-[DNA]The Truth is in His Words-“As my father sends me, I send you” [the Word made Flesh]- {partheno-genesis}conception w/o male seed-in a virgin-

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