This is a review of Jesus the Bridegroom by Brant Pitre for bloggingforbooks.org.
This book was interesting and stayed focused on a specific topic. The writing quality was easy enough for a layperson to understand but informative enough for a pastor to use for research. It was written in an informal academic style, citing sources appropriately but also writing in a clear fashion. Please don’t be mislead by the academic looking cover; anyone can read this book.
The idea of Jesus as the bridegroom was not a new idea to me since I have read the Bible, but this book opened my eyes to scriptures that support this idea. The author illuminates certain passages, such as Mary and Jesus at the wedding feast, with Jewish history and culture in order to prove his point. The text is well supported with scriptural evidence.
When ordering this book, I knew it was advertised in the Christianity-Catholic section, but I did not expect to see so many Catholic references. There are some sections where priests and bits from the Catholic Bible are quoted. Even though there were more than I expected, Pitre still convinced me of his point with the texts that are included in the Protestant Bible as well. Any Christian- Protestant or Catholic- could read and understand Pitre’s argument.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.