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.
©2006 Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
In the middle. I liked being able to knit on my prayer shawl while listening, but I wished I could highlight and underline. A little too scholarly for a casual listening.
I would definitely read other books from Borg and Crossan. Very thorough. Borg & Crossan's review of Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem is thoroughly scholarly and inspirational. I especially appreciate the fact that they acknowledge the traditional interpretations while offering new perspectives.
I love audible books, but I would buy this one for my Kindle next time!
I first read this book at the recommendation of a former pastor during the spring of 2010. I had just retired and was caring for my wife during her last days. The word 'blessing' is used to often these days, but this book was truly a blessing during a very difficult time. Now listening to the audio version gave me great comfort and additional insight to the past few years. This may become an annual lead in to Lent for me.
Crossan and Borg outdo themselves with this book. A great "read" that gives significant insight into the historical Jesus and the vision which inspired him. A must for anyone serious about embracing the deep tradition that extends back beyond the medieval traditions that still dominate most of Christianity (both protestant and catholic). Pruden does a more than adequate job, although his lack of knowledge in the vocabulary of biblical exegesis shows at times.
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