Jewish Jesus Art

seder meal - last supper - jewish jesus Rod BorgheseYou’ve seen many paintings of the last supper before, but probably not like this. Which is a pity. Because it is true that Jews at the time of Jesus actually reclined at tables.

Consider these verses from the gospel according to Luke:

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. (Luke 7:36)

When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. (Luke 11:37)

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. (Luke 22:14)

I had always wondered how they reclined. As always, a picture tells a thousand words. You will see more paintings by this artist, Rod Borghese, at Jewish Jesus Art.

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