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The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem

Category: Book
By (author): Borg, Marcus J.
By (author): Crossan, John Dominic
Series: Plus
Subject:  RELIGION / Biblical Studies / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts
  RELIGION / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
  RELIGION / Christianity / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: January 2007
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.57in
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From The Publisher*

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.

Review Quote*"If there is…one book for the redemption of Holy Week, this is it. A must read."
Review Quote*"[...] Borg and Crossan show one of the most careful and insightful readings of the Bible I've ever come across."
Review Quote*"It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this volume[...]"
Review Quote*"These controversial Jesus Seminar scholars provide lots to ponder."
Review Quote*"Borg and Crossan brilliantly chronicle the tension that forced everyone to pledge allegiance -- either to Rome or to Jesus."
Review Quote*"A readable and attractive reinterpretation of Jesus' death and resurrection. . . ."
Biographical Note

Marcus J. Borgis Canon Theologian at Trinity EpiscopalCathedral in Portland, Oregon. He wasHundere Chair of Religion and Culture atOregon State University until his retirementin 2007. Borg is the author of nineteen books,including the bestselling The Heart of Christianity,Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time,Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, andthe novel Putting Away Childish Things. Hewas an active member of the Jesus Seminarwhen it focused on the historical Jesus, and hehas been chair of the Historical Jesus sectionof the Society of Biblical Literature.