Why Is There a Menorah on the Altar?

Jewish Roots of Christian Worship

Meredith Gould

Jul/2009, 162 Pages, Paperback, 5 x 7.5

ISBN-13: 9781596271173



A desire and demand to know more about the Jewish legacy of Christian identity is growing among laity. A similar desire to foster interfaith understanding and dialogue is growing among leaders of local churches.

Why Is There a Menorah on the Altar? seeks to meet these demands by providing information and insight about Judaism’s legacy as it is revealed in Christian rites, rituals, and traditions. Drawing upon scripture and historical sources, this book explains how Judaism has influenced the structure of liturgical worship; the design and décor of church sanctuaries; and how Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation find their roots in Judaism.

This book invites readers to develop a deeper understanding of Judaism, one that will enrich their Christianity and appreciation for their enduring Jewish heritage. Includes: questions for reflection; activities for individuals or groups; and easy-to-follow timelines.

Meredith Gould is a sociologist and author of seven books. In addition to writing about faith, she provides communications counsel to the healthcare industry. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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