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“This is a book about the most important person who ever lived during the most crucial week of his life. If you want to get to know the person and teachings of Jesus in the context of an engaging story with practical commentary, this book is for you. It is biblical, personal, and transformational.”
Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri; Vice President, Acts 29; Chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals; author, The Dude's Guide to Manhood

“An enlightening and edifying look at the most important week in history. Both those who want to know more about the history and those who long to behold the wonder will find much to love about this great work. One gets the sense that we should proceed through these pages on our knees.”
J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; author, Jesus, Continued...Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better than Jesus Beside You

“You may be wondering what can be done to make Christ’s last week come alive in ways it hasn’t before. It would help to understand the historical background and cultural script a little better, but you don’t want a big book. It would help, too, if your authors were trustworthy, knowledgeable evangelical scholars who could write clearly for laypeople. Look no further—this is the book for you!”
Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

“Whether you’re a Christian seeking to defend your faith, an inquirer wanting to know what really happened with Jesus, or a disciple who wants to know the Lord more fully, The Final Days of Jesus will instruct and encourage you. It lays out the truth with coherence and conviction. I will point people to this book because it so clearly and faithfully explains what happened in the final days of Jesus. Here is the truth, based on the Gospel accounts. Here is the center of the Christian story, filled with insight and inspiration.”
Mark D. Roberts, Executive Director of Digital Media and the Theological and Cultural Steward, Foundations for Laity Renewal; author, Can We Trust the Gospels?

“This is an immensely helpful guide to the last week of Jesus’s life—historically, theologically, and devotionally. Historically, it provides a likely chronology of Passion Week, chock full of historical, cultural, and geographical insights. Theologically, the authors provide the text of the four Gospels with helpful commentary, noting the theological contributions of each evangelist. Devotionally, the reader has the privilege of walking with Jesus through the most important week of human history—the climax of God’s redemptive plan. A feast of insights for both mind and heart.”
Mark Strauss, Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary San Diego

“Jesus’s last week shook but also saved the world. From Palm Sunday to Easter morning, each day and encounter were critical. This book leads the reader step by step along Jesus’s route from triumphal entry to the cross and finally to glory. Numerous maps and diagrams shed fresh light on each Gospel’s claims. We are reminded not only of what Christ did but also where his way points us now. An excellent beginning-to-intermediate guide!”
Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

“Holy Week is arguably the most sacred time of year for Christians. Andreas Köstenberger and Justin Taylor provide a simple yet eloquent survey of the final week of Jesus’s life. They take readers on a pilgrimage through the Gospels and invite us to follow Jesus in his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, on to the dark and tragic moments of Golgotha, and through to the glorious and unspeakable joy at the feet of the risen Jesus. In short, this is a wonderful resource for individuals, families, and fellowships to learn more about the Easter story, the greatest story ever told.”
Michael F. Bird, Lecturer in Theology, Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry

“A clearly presented overview of the most important week in world history. Brief, helpful comments illuminate the biblical story and bring home its enduring and life-changing message.”
Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College

The Final Days of Jesus helps believers take note of the historical events leading up to Jesus’s death on the cross. Readers are challenged to see the provocation that Jesus’s message and life represented, leading to his arrest and execution. The book demonstrates that historical facts and Christian worship can and should go hand in hand.”
Eckhard J. Schnabel, Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; author, Paul the Missionary

“The center point of history is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Thus The Final Days of Jesus is an incredibly important work, for it enables us to see the full impact of the social and religious tension that lay behind Jesus’s death as well as the theological implications for us. This book is both well researched and well written and is must-reading for students of the Word and indeed for all who wish to understand more fully the God-led events that resulted in the cross.”
Grant Osborne, Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Ninety-eight percent of the students entering a particular Christian college last year claimed to be Christians. Yet twenty-five percent did not know that Christianity affirms that Jesus literally rose from the dead! What better way to rediscover this truth than to walk alongside the Savior during his final days and moments? Köstenberger and Taylor guide us on our pilgrimage, and they are outstanding guides. More than anything else, they remind us that Jesus final days are not really the end.”
Charles L. QuarlesProfessor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

About the Author

Andreas J. Köstenberger (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is a prolific author, distinguished evangelical scholar, and editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. His books include The Heresy of Orthodoxy, God, Marriage, and Family, The Final Days of Jesus (with Justin Taylor), and God's Design for Man and Woman (with Margaret Köstenberger). Dr. Köstenberger and his wife have four children.

Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior vice president and publisher for books at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds—hosted by the Gospel Coalition.

Alexander Stewart (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is academic dean and assistant professor of New Testament language and literature at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Badhoevedorp, the Netherlands. He is the coauthor (with Andreas J. Köstenberger) of The First Days of Jesus.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (January 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433535106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433535109
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Schreiner on February 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
Andreas Köstenberger, an outstanding biblical scholar from Southeastern Seminary; Justin Taylor, the well-known blogger and publisher at Crossway Books; and Alexander Stewart, a research assistant for Köstenberger; have teamed up to write a book on the last days of Jesus--that is, the final week of his life. The authors primarily march through the week day by day, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, though they also include a brief epilogue that includes other resurrection appearances, the Great Commission, and Christ's ascension.

The format of the book is easy to follow, and the commentary is brief and consistently excellent. For each day in the final week of Jesus' life, the events are listed, the scriptural passage (or passages) pertaining to the event is printed, and a commentary on the passage is provided. The Final Days of Jesus should prove to be helpful for pastors, teachers, and interested laypersons who preach and teach about the events in our Lord's last week. Moreover, those who desire to meditate on Jesus' last week will find this to be an excellent resource as well.

One of the main advantages of Köstenberger and Taylor's book is its brevity. Here is a resource that pastors and teachers will be able to read in advance of teaching, for the commentary is concise and accessible. I especially found helpful the numerous tables that illustrated events or other truths. Sometimes busy pastors and teachers don't have the time to plunge into technical details about Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, and yet they need to be informed by responsible scholarship about what occurred. This book serves that need.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Land on February 17, 2014
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As Easter approaches, many churches are gearing up for outreach activities and sermon series that point people to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Some Christians will even pick up a book on the Resurrection just to prepare themselves for the celebration of Easter. Some small groups will even talk about the Crucifixion as a means to remember what Easter is all about.

Some churches will not even mention the last days of Jesus before the cross until Easter Sunday because they are more focused on being hip and cool. There are many theological books on the death of Jesus and some focus on his final week before dying in our place for our sins. There are not many that take a chronological approach from scripture to the last days to his death. Andrea J. Kostenberger and Justin Taylor have come together to produce a book that does exactly that called, The Final Days of Jesus. This book takes a more devotional approach to Passion week as they used the Scriptures to teach their readers the sequence of events in Jesus' life leading up the Crucifixion.

This book contains a lot of scripture and I am not referring just to the reference for the reader to pick up the Bible to read. What I mean is Kostenberger and Taylor provide the scriptures for the reader to read in the book, which is perfect for a small group setting or for a believer reading it with a non-believer that has questions about Christianity. After reading the scriptures, there is a commentary that followers each passage which is easy to read for anyone to follow.

I was expecting a deep theological book on the final days of Jesus, but what I got was a devotional style of a book that is excellent for any Christian to read and even teach to fellow believers as well as non-believers. This is perfect book for those who love reading about the Crucifixion before Easter. - See more at: [...]
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mp on February 1, 2014
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It’s Palm Sunday. You remember people laid down palm branches for Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. But where was that story again? You know Good Friday is a just a few days away and then Easter Sunday, but what changed between the celebration of Palm Sunday and the horror of the crucifixion? Wouldn’t you like to follow Jesus step by step through those last days and hours of his last week? If only you had a guide to lead you through all that the Gospels record about those last days…

Enter "The Final Days of Jesus." I’m not aware of any other book that does quite what this book does. Beginning with Palm Sunday the authors devote a chapter to each day of the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The chapters for Palm Sunday through Tuesday tell us the events that happened on those days and where we can find them in the Bible. Then beginning with Wednesday and continuing through Easter Sunday they provide the very words of Scripture from all four of the Gospels (one event at a time) as we follow Jesus toward the cross and on to the empty tomb. All of these chapters include simple yet powerful explanations of each event as it happens.

The point of the book is not to provide a dramatic retelling of the final days of Jesus. The Scripture account is dramatic enough. Instead it aims to let the Bible speak while adding powerful commentary to help the reader understand what he’s read. Wondering why Passover was such a volatile time in Israel? The authors will tell you. Do you wonder how some seeming contradiction in the Gospel accounts can be explained? You’ll likely find a reasonable answer or two provided. Having trouble keeping all the different Mary’s straight or remembering who Herod Antipas was?
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