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The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem Paperback – January 30, 2007
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“[...] Borg and Crossan show one of the most careful and insightful readings of the Bible I’ve ever come across.” (Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian)
“It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this volume[...]” (Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Leaving Church and Preaching Life)
“These controversial Jesus Seminar scholars provide lots to ponder.” (The Kansas City Star)
“Borg and Crossan brilliantly chronicle the tension that forced everyone to pledge allegiance -- either to Rome or to Jesus.” (Los Angeles Times)
“A readable and attractive reinterpretation of Jesus’ death and resurrection. . . .” (Houston Chronicle)
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In some ways Borg and Crossan are biblical literalists. They try to sweep away traditional interpretations that have accrued to the Bible stories and instead try to read them in the context for which they were written. To do this they bring to bear a knowledge of biblical history that makes clear some parts of the Gospel story, which appear opaque to modern readers who don't know the milieu. Especially when Jesus is preaching in the temple, this explication really helps clear up common misunderstandings associated with Christian teaching.
There are times when the authors veer from the strictly literal, however. This is most apparent when they write about the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter. Since the Gospels slide over that day with only a fleeting mention, the authors fall back on legends of the Harrowing of Hell. There's nothing wrong with this in principle, but when the authors bring in references to the Gospel of Peter, which is little more than a late anti-Semitic forgery, they risk descending into silliness.
Also, many readers may object to the strongly political aspect of this book. Though the authors don't blow their noses on the spiritual importance of Jesus and his teachings, their emphasis in this writing lies on his anti-imperial politics.Read more ›
The inevitable confrontation may be described as the "domination system" which had developed in Jerusalem. Borg and Crossan explain that domination system is a shorthand for political oppression, economic exploitation, and religious legitimation. Jerusalem had become a society where only a few ruled, the monarch, the nobility, and the wealthy. A high percentage of the society's wealth came from agriculture. Structures of laws of land ownership, taxation, and indenture of labor, put between a half and two-thirds of all of the wealth into the coffers of the few. In ancient societies, these structures were legitimized by religious language: the monarch ruled by divine right and the social order was the will of God.
The day after Jesus made his procession into Jerusalem, he drove the moneychangers from the Temple and aroused the severe wrath of the temple priests. The next day, Tuesday, was a day of challenges. Jesus returns to Jerusalem. As he is walking Jesus is challenged by the chief priests, scribes, and elders who want to know the authority he has for committing his prophetic act in the Temple.Read more ›
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Arrived good condition. Really good cultural information on Jesus time. Enjoyed reading till sabbath account. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Susan Hamlin
This book gives a solid historical background to the world and the mesh of Greek, Roman, and Jewish cultures in which Jesus lived, and how it all ties into the events leading to... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best books I have ever read. Highly recommended!Published 1 month ago by D. Shollenberger
this is a scholarly commentary on the Savior's last week. One may not agree with Borg on all points of doctrine, but there is a rich lode of explanatory material here to provide... Read morePublished 2 months ago by readsalot
This is an excellent day by day account of the Passion week jointly written by a Catholic & a Protestant and is excellently done. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is one of the most scholarly accounts of the history leading up to the life of Jesus that I have encountered. It is Borg and Crossan at their best. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard M. Hamner
Fascinating look at Mark's perspective on Jesus' last week with surprising observations. A great book to inspire group discussion.Published 7 months ago by Daniel C.