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The Last Week [Kindle Edition]

Marcus J. Borg , John Dominic Crossan
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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.


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

About the Author

Marcus J. Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. His many books include Jesus (2011), Meeting Jesus in Mark (2011) and with John Dominic Crossan: The First Christmas (2007), and The First Paul (2009), all published by SPCK. John Dominic Crossan, Professor Emeritus at De Paul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus and Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (17 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKRGA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confronting authority 20 Sept. 2008
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Borg and Crossan's book follows Mark's account of the days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday and takes a straightforward expository approach to the text. Their focus is on what Mark is telling us and why, placing the account firmly in its historical context, and drawing out Jesus' confrontation with the authority of Caesar and the compromised and corrupted temple authorities of the time. By taking this approach the authors have produced a highly accessible book which has an appeal beyond the liberal community of which they are part. At least until their account of Easter Sunday, and their treatment of the resurrection as metaphorical and labelling of Jesus' appearances as `apparitions'. A further weakness comes in their attempted application. Ironically their approach is critical of the imbalance they perceive between those who emphasise personal transformation and those who emphasise political transformation. In so doing they miss the crucial dimensions of God's transformation of the whole creation and the central role of community in Christian living.

This is a good book for all of that and recommended reading for Christians across the spectrum.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The Last Week is an insightful and scholarly examination, not just of Passion Week, but of Mark's Gospel and the New Testament as a whole. It is also rare that such an informed and intelligent book should be so clear and easy to read. I can't recommend it highly enough!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Week 18 July 2012
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Surely one of the most profound and reflective treaties on the final days of Christ's life before his crucifion from which we all, those who profess and those who do not profess a faith. Should be treated for what it aims to do - instruct or reflect. Should not be discarded as 'yet another attempt' to convert the disbeliever but enhance or deepen the love of the faithfull for the person who they believe is their pathway to eternal life. More please
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent basic understanding of Christianity 13 April 2014
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This is the kind of biblical understanding that the churches have been missing in the last half century. If only books and scholarship of the quality of Borgand Crossan had been available when I read theology in the 1960s and had been preached in the churches during recent decades, our society might have been different and Dawkins would have been given no cause to write his contradictions to the confusions so often spread in the churches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Week 17 April 2012
By JeanF
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This book answers many of my problems with the Gospels. Knowing the actual situation on the ground during the time of Jesus and removing all the "information" preached at you over the years, makes the story of Jesus far more real. Thank you Marcus Borg and John Crossan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review of "The Last Week" 28 Feb. 2013
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This is a very carefully researched and thought-provoking book, which encourages the reader to study the relevant passages in the Gospels and draw conclusions from them, and to be prepared to ditch their preconcieved ideas about Jesus!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Christians should read it 17 Feb. 2013
By Douglas
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This is an excellent and scholarly book. It sorts out the facts from the myths and offers a reasoned and intelligent approach to understanding the gospel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I ENJOYED THEIR FIRST BOOK ABOUT EASTER 14 April 2015
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I ENJOYED THEIR FIRST BOOK ABOUT EASTER. THIS ONE SAYS THE GOSPHEL'S BIRTH STORIES WERE JUST MADE UP. I LOVE THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS STORIES AND AS A MOTHER I THINK MARY WOULD HAVE TOLD THEM ALL ABOUT THE BIRTH. I REMEMBER WHEN MY CHILDREN WERE BORN. MAYBE I'M JUST OLD FASHIONED BUT I THINK ALTHOUGH SOME FACTS MAY BE WRONG I DON'T THINK THEY JUST MADE THE STORIES UP. THAT'S MY OPINION ANYWAY.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars As described. Perfect.
As described. Perfect.
Published 23 days ago by Birdofprayer
5.0 out of 5 stars immensely thoughtful
I got a great deal out of this - both hugely knowledgeable and personally challenging. Now look forward to the first Christmas and more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Ruth Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for Holy Week
A good read for Holy Week but I did not agree with all his opinions and have more faith in what is said in the Gospels than the authors appear to have.
Published 2 months ago by veronica wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this.
I give this five stars because I enjoyed reading it so much. The writing style is gripping, a real page turner, even when you think you know the story it is still possible for Borg... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Julian Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written book examining in detail the events of ...
A well written book examining in detail the events of the last week of Jesus's life as portrayed by the Gospel of Mark. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roger Gillett
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy and interesting read
Interesting book and well written from 2 different authors although this does not spoil the "flow". Easy to read but informative. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ratti
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting read
Published 7 months ago by tony heslop
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and easy to read
I found this a really helpful book for planning Easter worship services. Lots of thoughts that help connect the events of Holy Week to a modern context and help to encourage... Read more
Published 14 months ago by NorthWestLinda
3.0 out of 5 stars A liberal photo-fit of Jesus
I'm an atheist who is interested in New Testament history, and especially the historical Jesus. Borg and Crossan are two fine scholars, of course. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ap
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh look at the meaning of Jesus's last week on Earth.
I gave this book full marks for its analysis, interpretation and cogent presentation. It is well written, fast moving and fascinating.
Published 15 months ago by Dr Patrick McGovern
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