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The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem (Paperback)

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"The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem" is both illuminating and profound. It is important to note that this is meant to be neither a complete look at every aspect of Jesus nor in any way a negation of any religious practices. Instead it is a detailed account of the last 8 days of Jesus using Mark's Gospel as a framework along with sociological and historical evidence in a attempt to understand what the events and words in the Gospel are most likely to have truly meant and why. The book was written with tremendous scholarship and full respect for religious beliefs and practices by 2 highly respected Biblical scholars, one a Lutheran and one a Catholic, who have spent their lives focusing on Jesus. A person cannot come away from this book without a clearer and more thoughtful understanding of an enormously important subject to Christians and non-Christians alike.


— From Matt


Top Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan join together to reveal a radical and little-known Jesus. As both authors reacted to and responded to questions about Mel Gibson's blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, they discovered that many Christians are unclear on the details of events during the week leading up to Jesus's crucifixion.

Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus's final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church's traditional teachings.

The Last Week depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice and to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor. In this vein, at the end of the week Jesus marches up Calvary, offering himself as a model for others to do the same when they are confronted by similar issues. Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.

Praise For…

“If there is…one book for the redemption of Holy Week, this is it. A must read.”
-Peter J. Gomes, Harvard University

“[...] Borg and Crossan show one of the most careful and insightful readings of the Bible I’ve ever come across.”
-Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian

“It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this volume[...]”
-Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Leaving Church and Preaching Life

“These controversial Jesus Seminar scholars provide lots to ponder.”
-The Kansas City Star

“Borg and Crossan brilliantly chronicle the tension that forced everyone to pledge allegiance -- either to Rome or to Jesus.”
-Los Angeles Times

“A readable and attractive reinterpretation of Jesus’ death and resurrection. . . .”
-Houston Chronicle

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060872601
ISBN-10: 0060872608
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: January 30th, 2007
Pages: 238
Language: English