5 Stars Out Of 5
This book asks us to think and not assume
March 21, 2013
Having read the short introduction to this book on this website, I had to chuckle at the implied judgement against this "shot across the bow of orthodox belief" that "slyly weav[es] doubt into the mind of the reader." I found that The Last Week did anything but that.
Crossan and Borg ask faithful readers to set aside the assumptions we all learn over many years of hearing the accounts of Jesus' Passion and Resurrection and to engage with the Scriptural texts themselves. Although there are some conclusions that might ask a bit too much of a stretch of traditional doctrine, there was nothing that made me lose faith. Reflecting on the political nature of Jesus' teaching and ministry was refreshing, particularly the emphasis on the justice demanded by the Kingdom of God. Discussing the events of Holy Week especially through the eyes of Mark but also with references to Matthew, Luke, and John, was helpful because it allowed greater understanding of the motivations of the evangelists as they recorded their accounts some years after the events they portray.
The Last Week is highly recommended reading for anyone who wishes to reach a better understanding of the mission of Jesus and to recall the Church to a more faithful following of "The Way".
My one criticism of the book is that, while the authors very helpfully included a study guide, the questions were often obscure and not particularly helpful for the average Christian "in the pew".