Book Review: Passover (Tamar Lupo)

Passover, by Tamar Lupo

It can be very interesting to read a book like this, which is a short book that is meant to introduce children to the celebration of Passover.  I suspect that this book’s main market are American Jewish families.  The author has little apparent knowledge of or interest in the New Testament Passover, and is particularly interested in matters of Jewish tradition that are unbiblical but nevertheless important aspects of mainstream Judaism.   If you are looking for a work that can help explain in a very simple matter the view of contemporary Jews in the Passover ceremony and how it is kept around the United States, this is certainly a worthwhile book.  If it demonstrates a gulf between the way that Passover is kept by those who are not mainstream Jews and those who are, it nevertheless does explain certain elements that are appealing to people even if they may not have biblical warrant.  One ought not to expect and one will not receive a great deal of depth from this book, which is barely 25 pages long including its table of contents and index.  What one gets, though, will be something that may strike the reader as being worth knowing even if it is not according to one’s practice.

This book is organized in a very straightforward fashion.  The book begins with an introduction, and then moves on to the history of Passover and the four questions that are asked in the Passover.  After that the author discusses various Passover traditions (including the cup of Elijah) and how Passover was kept in the past as well as today.  The author spends some time looking at how American Jews celebrate the Passover today as well as the symbols of the observance.  There are also discussions of recipes and crafts related to Passover and a quiz about Passover.  The book then ends with some fascinating facts to the author as well as a glossary of terms and an index.  And with that the book is done, not having overstayed its welcome in the least and not having gone into great depth about the Passover as it appears in scripture.  The author could clearly have written a lot more about the day.  It would perhaps be interesting for an author to discuss the wide range of Passover observance both from the Jewish as well as the apostolic Christian perspectives, but that sort of book may not be written yet.

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