Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

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Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

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An Orthodox presentation of 

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

At The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church

Commencing Sunday 2nd June 2019 and concluding Sunday 21st July 2019.


Ever wondered about the mystery of the Eucharist?

Unchallenged for more than a millennia, Jesus’ words “Take, eat; this is my body” and “This is my blood of the new covenant” have been disputed since the Protestant Reformation. How do we know exactly what Jesus meant?

Dr Brant Pitre argues that the meaning of the Eucharist becomes abundantly clear when examined from a first-century Jewish perspective. Drawing from both Scripture and Jewish tradition, this presentation will vividly unpack the meanings Jesus’ contemporaries applied to His words.

Through this five-part series, Æthelwold Jenkins, one of our parishioners, will provide an Orthodox presentation of Dr Brant Pitre’s popular book, “Jesus the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper.”



  • Five half-hour sessions
  • Presentation followed by Q&A
  • Dates: June 2, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21


About your presenter

Presentation by Æthelwold

Æthelwold is a professional writer, husband, father of two adult children and a member of The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church.

On reading Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, Æthelwold was blown away with the facts, insights and observations that were right under his nose but never suspected.

He is delighted to present the meaning of Jesus’ Eucharistic Supper from a thoroughly Jewish perspective in order to shed light on the Orthodox understanding and practice of the Eucharist. 




The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church, located in Clayton, Melbourne, is a living witness to the power of the Gospel and the fullness of the Christian Faith in modern, secular Australia.

We are a vibrant Australian Christian community under the direction of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines, within the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East.

The Church of Antioch is the continuation of the Christian community founded in Antioch by the Apostles Peter (who served as its first bishop) and Paul. The Patriarchate of Antioch is the oldest of the ancient Patriarchates constituting the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

All services are in the English language and are held in the Main Chapel of the Religious Centre at Monash University, Clayton Campus, conveniently located in the centre of Melbourne’s residential population.

Parking in the University car parks is free on Sundays, but please take note of all signs regarding Loading Zones, No Standing and Disabled Parking, these restrictions apply and are enforced.

For directions to the Religious Centre click here