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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (18 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281059837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281059836
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'If there is to be one book for the redemption of Holy Week, this is it. This is a "must read" for clergy and laity.' - Peter J. Gomes, Harvard University"

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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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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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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. I'm very much enjoying Borg's Evolution Of The Word. You would perhaps think their liberal approach would appeal to a non-believer. But it doesn't.
This book uses Mark's Gospel to guide us through Jesus' last week. It's a good outline of the last days, from the traditional Palm Sunday entrance into Jerusalem, to Easter Sunday. Borg and Crossan portray Jesus as a non-violent, proto-Gandhi type character.
They compare, for example, Pilate's militaristic procession into Jerusalem with Jesus' peaceful on-a-donkey procession accompanied the poor and the oppressed; those suffering under Rome's "domination system". They argue that God wanted to show his non-violent nature. That's very odd since God's extremenly violent nature has been on show throughout the Old Testament. Why the Almighty would suddenly have an epiphany with regards his approach to violence is not explained.
They constantly refer to the Jewish aristocracy such as the priests and Pharisees as "collaborators", using loaded language - in the 20th/21st century, the word "collaborator" really refers to one thing and one period.
Their Jesus is a placeholder for their own worldviews, and not useful in historical Jesus studies, though the book is pretty decent as a basic guide to what the Gospels - or Mark specifically - says about the Passion story.
It's interesting and well worth a read if you are interested in the period.
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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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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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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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Interesting book and well written from 2 different authors although this does not spoil the "flow". Easy to read but informative. A good book for the general reader interested in historical facts of the passion story
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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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What an enlightening book this is! I had been looking for insights into how the Gospels were written in order to gain a more in-depth picture and understanding of the person of Jesus and the time in which he lived. This book focuses on Mark and outlines some of the techniques the writer used to illustrate his points.

The book deals mainly with Holy Week but the techniques it outlines will serve well for the whole of the Gospel. Enjoy!
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