From Bread to Wine: Creation, Worship, and Christian Maturity


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Biblical rituals are not strange practices or obscure formalities but correspond to the stages of human life, revealing God’s design for how we can emulate His ways. In From Bread to Wine: Creation, Worship, and Christian Maturity, James B. Jordan explores how sin disrupts the rhythms of human life and how biblical rituals restore us to our place in God’s historical plan with special emphasis on the motifs of bread and wine throughout the Scriptures.

In the Bible, bread is priestly while wine is kingly and prophetic. Bread comes first and wine later. You eat bread in the morning and drink wine at night. Bread is suitable for children while wine is for adults. Bread is made quickly, but wine takes much longer to ferment and mature.  The entire Old Creation, the childhood of humanity (Galatians 4), is the time of bread, while the New Covenant, our maturity in Christ, is the time of bread and wine. Between the two comes the breaking of the bread, the death of Jesus Christ.

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Weight 11.9 oz
Dimensions 8.25 × 5.5 × 2 in

James B. Jordan


Theopolis Books



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"Have you ever wondered why bread comes first and then wine in the Lord’s Supper?  Have you noticed the connection between the sequence of words and actions at the Communion Table and the way in which God fashioned the world in Genesis 1?  Or have you considered how your heart and life are being patterned at the Lord’s Table every week in worship?  James Jordan answers all of these questions and more with astonishingly insightful reflections, grounded in biblical theology, on our growth and maturity as Christians."

- Rev. Jeffrey Meyers, Senior Pastor, Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO.

"There is no book like From Bread to Wine. Jordan breaks open his revolutionary biblical theology into a profound, and profoundly pastoral, treatment of the Lord's Supper. I've lost count of the number of people I've sent to samizdat editions of this book to help them see how the Lord brings mature, aged wine from the wrenching moments of crisis we all face. I do not say this lightly: This book will change your life."

- Peter J. Leithart, PhD., president of Theopolis Institute, author of Matthew Through New Eyes (Athanasius Press) and Revelation (T&T Clark).