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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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*Starred Review* Taking Mark, the earliest Gospel, as their guide, Borg and Crossan "retell a story everyone thinks they know too well and most do not seem to know at all." So doing, they offer an alternative passion of the Christ, the primary feature of which is not suffering (Latin passio) but passion understood Anglophonically as "consuming interest, dedicated enthusiasm, or concentrated commitment." Jesus' passion was the kingdom of God declared in terms of God's justice, they say, and the fact that such declaration was seen, despite Jesus' nonviolence, as a threat to the system of domination by Rome and its wealthy Jewish collaborators led to his suffering. Borg and Crossan parse Mark's reportage (so to speak) on the days from Palm Sunday to Easter to demonstrate the challenges Jesus made to Roman and Herodian-temple rule. They point up Jesus' insistence on justice, especially equitable distribution of necessities, and such too-little-noticed matters as Jesus' great popularity, attested by the crowds who hang on his words and his adversaries' fears of angering those crowds; so fearful are they that they must find a traitor, seize Jesus at night, and whisk him through the courts. Written with Crossan's scholarly scintillation rather than Borg's sometimes plodding earnestness, this is politically concerned analysis of Christianity at its best. Ray Olson
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“If there is…one book for the redemption of Holy Week, this is it. A must read.” (Peter J. Gomes, Harvard University)
“[...] 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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I'm still struggling with the crucifixion, what it means and if it is to be taken literally. My faith journey continues.
They begin their account by imagining that two demonstrations coincided on Palm Sunday. One was the entry of Pilate and the Roman legions at one gate of Jerusalem and the other was Jesus on a donkey at another gate. Jesus' entry, they maintain, was intended as a counter and a critique of the procession representing the "domination system" of the day - that is, the political and economic system backed by Romans and leading religious authorities. From his very arrival in Jerusalem, Jesus was letting it be known that he intended to take on leading political and religious authorities. This he did overtly on Monday with a demonstration in the temple which clearly forecast its destruction.
Borg and Crossan highlight Mark's practice of "framing," that is, sandwiching one story between the beginning and ending of another story, to get across his literary point. For example, the story of the fig tree on Monday "frames" the story of the demonstration in the temple and helps to make clear that the dominant message of the action in the temple was to call for its destruction, as the fig tree had been destroyed, because it didn't produce fruit. They point to the fact that Mark uses framing several times to get his message across and to how Matthew and Luke tended to eliminate the Markan frames in telling their versions of the stories.
One of the major themes emphasized by Borg and Crossan is that Mark does not interpret the death of Jesus as substitutionary sacrifice. Such a notion of atonement came about in later centuries, they argue. According to these authors, Mark saw Jesus' death as a challenge to his followers to participate with him in death and resurrection. From Caesarea Philippi onward, they maintain, Jesus told them: "They must pass through death to a new life here below upon this earth, and they can already see what that transformed life is like in Jesus himself." (p. 103)
They point to failed discipleship as a theme in Mark. The woman who anoints Jesus' feet is the one person who does not fail to get his message, making her "the first believer" and the chief example of the model leader Jesus described. (p. 104) The treachery of Judas, in their view, was just one more of the failures of the disciples.
The one point where they could not avoid the issue of factuality was the occurrence of Easter. They state very clearly that Jesus would have been forgotten without Easter. But did the resurrection happen? They avoid the question by pointing to the parabolic meaning of the appearance stories, which is to say that the meaning of the stories is what seems to them to be the most important issue. Their approach is to "highlight their meaning as parable, as truth-filled stories, without any intrinsic denial of their factuality." (p. 194) Nevertheless, they seem to point to appearance stories as examples of visions, which, they say, may be truthful and not just hallucinations.
Readers of this book will come away with a new appreciation for the gospel of Mark and new insights into the central message of Jesus. Borg and Crossan have written a very readable and remarkably short book that deserves attention from any serious student of the bible.
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