The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem Paperback – 18 Jan 2008
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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"
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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Top Customer Reviews
This is a good book for all of that and recommended reading for Christians across the spectrum.
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.
The book deals mainly with Holy Week but the techniques it outlines will serve well for the whole of the Gospel. Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got a great deal out of this - both hugely knowledgeable and personally challenging. Now look forward to the first Christmas and morePublished 15 months ago by Ruth Finnegan
I ENJOYED THEIR FIRST BOOK ABOUT EASTER. THIS ONE SAYS THE GOSPHEL'S BIRTH STORIES WERE JUST MADE UP. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M J SMITH
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 15 months ago by veronica wilson
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 morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. Julian Shaw
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 morePublished 17 months ago by Roger Gillett
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