Book Review: This Do In Remembrance of Me

This Do in Remembrance of MeThis Do in Remembrance of Me by Arie Elshout
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book is a Dutch reformed treatment of the Lord’s supper. It’s a blend of introspective, puritanic pietism and expositions of confessions, catechisms, and liturgies of men more so than Scripture. There were some surprising statements here and there, like something about Christ as prophet, priest, and king and how we can receive him as one now and the others later. The Lord’s supper was pushed as a sacrament that confers grace to the partakers. Elshout made a reference to Hebrews 4:16, but slipped “the Lord’s table” in there where “the throne of grace” is, making that quite a different statement. I’m afraid the heavy introspectionist approach has the net effect of making the Lord’s supper more about self-examination than the sacrificial death of Christ. It has some good, but there are better books on the subject.

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Book Review: The Purposes of The Lord’s Supper

The Purposes of the Lord's SupperThe Purposes of the Lord’s Supper by Peter Masters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a clear and concise treatment of the Lord’s Supper. Masters focuses on the central meaning of the Supper. I would sand some points here and there, but found it helpful. I especially appreciate how he focused on the broken body and shed blood of Jesus and didn’t try to artificially enhance the solemnity of the Supper by adding extraneous rules that seem good to man.

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Book Review: The Lord’s Supper

The Lord's SupperThe Lord’s Supper by John F. MacArthur Jr.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book combines four sermons MacArthur preached on the Lord’s Supper from Matthew 26:17-30 and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. These are not sermon transcripts, but more extensive outlines. There is some overlap between the sermons. Overall, it’s a helpful study. He didn’t get into some issues surrounding the supper, and he probably addressed some we don’t hear frequently. I differ with some of his interpretive conclusions and also in some of the underlying theological assumptions. It is certainly worth having if you are studying those passages, or the Lord’s Supper more generally.

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Book Review: The Lord’s Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New Covenant

The Lord's Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New CovenantThe Lord’s Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New Covenant by Guy Prentiss Waters
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This short book devotes a lot of space to covenant theology. It’s a typical Presbyterian treatment—covenant as the controlling theme of all scripture, two-covenant theology, etc. the actual treatment of the Lord’s Supper was decent, but basic.

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Book Review: Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord’s Supper under Roman Domination During the First Century

Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord's Supper under Roman Domination during the First CenturySubversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord’s Supper under Roman Domination during the First Century by R. Alan Streett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book presents an informative and interesting study of the Graeco-Roman background of the first century churches’ communal meals, including the Lord’s Supper. It would have been good to have had some treatment of the Jewish background and influence on the early ekklesiai, and especially that of the synagogues. This approach to the New Testament suffers from a similar problem some have with Old Testament interpretation and the precise role of ANE mythopoeia. We certainly cannot ignore the Graeco-Roman milieu of the first century churches, but neither should we politicize the New Testament as though it were written entirely to subvert the Roman Empire. Egalitarian theology, two-age theology, and continuationism are a few problem theologies for the biblical interpretation in the book. With all that said, the Roman banquets and the extent of their influence on early churches hasn’t received enough attention.

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