And as they were eating, he took bread, and when he had blessed, he brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take ye: this is my body. (ASV)
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"Mark's" Jesus Eats Leavened Bread at Passover
- 20 And he said unto them, [It is] one of the twelve, he that dippeth with me in the dish.
- 21 For the Son of man goeth, even as it is written of him: but woe unto that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had not been born.
- 22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and when he had blessed, he brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take ye: this is my body.
This appears to be a historical error, showing observant Jews as eating bread on Passover. We have the following reasons to think "Mark" has communicated that Jesus was eating normal leavened bread here rather than unleavened Passover bread:
- 1) Dipping is referred to. Have you ever tried to dip matzoh?
- 2) The regular word for "bread" is used. There is a separate word for unleavened bread which Josephus always uses for Passover.
- 3) "Mark's" source here may be Paul who uses the word "bread" (in a non-Passover setting):
- 23 For I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed took bread;
- 24 and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, This is my body, which is for you: this do in remembrance of me.
--JoeWallack 11:11, 7 June 2009 (EDT)
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