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The Longest Week: What Really Happened During Jesus' Final Days [Hardcover]

Nick Page
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19 Feb 2009
What really happened during Jesus' final days? It was, historically speaking, nothing much; a death in Jerusalem, a routine execution at the edge of an empire. Yet that execution - and the events surrounding it - were to have a profound effect on the history of the world. The last week of Jesus' life on earth was probably the most important week in history. This book aims to reconstruct the events of those days.From Jesus' entry to Jerusalem on the Sunday, to his resurrection a week later; this book explores the claims and explode the myths. It looks seriously at the evidence of the gospel accounts, without ducking the controversies and contradictions. It focuses on the history rather than the spiritual and theological significance of events and uses archaeological research and detailed Biblical analysis to take the reader through THE LONGEST WEEK.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (19 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340979801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340979808
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book written by a highly experienced, technically brilliant and detailed writer. (Church of England Newspaper)

Essential reading...enlightening and will be sure to learn something new. (Church of England Newspaper)

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Reconstructing the moments; day by day, hour by hour, Nick Page examines the historical evidence to discover what really happened during Jesus' final days

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The week in which a man was put to death by Roman authorities would not normally attract any attention.
But it did - and does.
Page delves into the historical perspective of this epoch changing week with a fresh and riveting perspective. He manages to combines a wealth of historical research with an exciting narrative.
A book for Christians to understand more about Jesus - the raw, uncensored version.
A book for non-Chrisitians to place Jesus in his historical context - to start to understand why this week really was such a big deal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faith perspective 9 May 2009
The author Nick Page spoke at a Church retreat I attended recently and I was really impressed with his ability to get across the key messages and themes of the Bible. I subsequently bought this book for myself and a copy for a friend. A few days in and I'm totally engrossed. As the other reviewer comments, this is a book which should appeal to Christians and non-Christians alike. For me, it's bringing a new understanding of the crucifixion story and it is helping me to better understand why Jesus spoke and acted as he did. Not only is this book incredibly helpful, it's a fascinating historical read.

I also bought The Big Story The Big Story which Nick's Church talk was based upon. A much lighter and funnier touch than The Longest Week, but well worth a read for anyone who could do with a bit of perspective on the Bible story.
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By Dr. K. E. Patrick TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First of all, this book is an in-depth dissection of the last week of Jesus's life, even down to having a day-by-day timeline. This approach means that Page has teased out of the four Gospels a chronology that otherwise is lost when reading them separately -- things like the raising of Lazarus happening the day before Palm Sunday, and the suggestion that such an episode really tipped the scales when it came to the local leadership getting hot under the collar.

Second, it's a meticulously research history book in terms of what Jerusalem's political situation was like at that time, what a Passover week would have meant in terms of crowds and sacrifices and all that, and what other historical authors, not from the Bible, have said about the situation.

Here's just a little taster of how much his approach has added to the story of Jesus's last week. Most people know the story about Palm Sunday, how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. From a biblical perspective, this has been touted as one of the ways that Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecy, since Zechariah 9:9 mentions the Messiah's riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.

But what I didn't know is that it was very likely that riding into the opposite end of Jerusalem on that same day would have been Pilate, in all his pomp as he arrived to deliver the priestly clothes that were worn in the Temple for Passover.

So not only was Jesus fulfilling scripture, he was also mocking Pilate and his version of what power was.

Another fact that I hadn't really appreciated was that Jesus's death from crucifixion was too quick to have been caused by the usual means of death by this torture -- that is, asphyxiation. Such a death usually took many, many hours, if not days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good insight into a tumultuous week 7 April 2012
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Page takes each day of Holy Week, where Jesus entered Jerusalem, engaged with the religious, the lower classes, the Romans and the rest, before being executed... and raised to life.

Using the Gospels, as well as other literary sources (such as Josephus), we get an insight into what was going on during the week, from the festival and its customs, from the religious and sacrifices, to the people, the place and their hopes and expectations.

I've read it during Holy Week and found it stirring and helpful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Longest Week 3 Jan 2012
This is the best book I've read in 2011. The ending is a little bit of a shock which only works in the context of the rest of the book. Very readable.
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