Monday, July 13, 2009

Why Is There a Menorah on the Altar? a new book by Meredith Gould

Those of you who read the blog from this page may notice that Meredith Gould's newest book Why Is There a Menorah on the Altar? Jewish Roots of Christian Worship is now on my sidebar. It is also available for pre-order.

Book description from

* Ecumenical, liturgical Christian audience -- particularly Episcopalians, Lutherans, and Roman Catholics
* Seeks to enhance Jewish-Christian reconciliation
* Excellent resource for interfaith couples, Christian formation, and sacramental preparation
A desire and demand to know more about the Jewish legacy of Christian identity is growing among laity. A desire to foster interfaith understanding and dialogue is growing among officials of local churches.

Meredith Gould's newest book meets these demands by providing information and delivering biblically and historically-based insights about Judaism's legacy as it's revealed in Christian rites, rituals, and traditions. She introduces Christians to Judaism's influence on the structure of liturgical worship; church sanctuary design and decoration; and the meaning and structure of baptism, Eucharist, and confirmation.

Why Is There a Menorah on the Altar? provides readers a deeper understanding of Judaism, one that will enrich their Christianity and deepen appreciation for their enduring Jewish legacy. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and discussion, plus practical exercises to illuminate key concepts. Questions and exercises can be used by groups as well as individuals.

About the Author
Meredith Gould, Ph.D. is the author of six books, including The Word Made Fresh: Communicating Church and Faith Today, (Morehouse Publishing).


Meredith Gould said...

Thanks, Ruth and thanks so much for being a "first reader." Your comments helped make this book better and your loving support brought its author (moi) back from the brink of insanity!

Wheelie Catholic said...

My pleasure being a "first reader". Very excited about this book and happy it's going to be available soon!