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Publication Date: 2009
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.
Marcus J. Borg (1942–2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom the New York Times described as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars." He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and he appeared on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline, ABC's World News, and NPR's Fresh Air. His books have sold over a million copies, including the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Jesus, The Heart of Christianity, Evolution of the Word, Speaking Christian, and Convictions.
John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, God and Empire, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Greatest Prayer, The Last Week, and The Power of Parable. He lives in Minneola, Florida.
“[...] Borg and Crossan show one of the most careful and insightful readings of the Bible I’ve ever come across.”
“It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this volume[...]”
“These controversial Jesus Seminar scholars provide lots to ponder.”
“Borg and Crossan brilliantly chronicle the tension that forced everyone to pledge allegiance -- either to Rome or to Jesus.”
“A readable and attractive reinterpretation of Jesus’ death and resurrection. . . .”
JeffAge: 18-24Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5why is this book sold on a christian website?April 20, 2014JeffAge: 18-24Gender: malethis book redefines what "resurrection" means and strips it of any physical, literal, historical significance and substitutes it instead for God's mysterious plan to give hope and clean up humanity. Borg and Crossan aren't even sure if they believe in a personal God and they teach that eternal life is ceasing to exist when your heart stops.
Tyrector5 Stars Out Of 5This book asks us to think and not assumeMarch 21, 2013TyrectorQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Having 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".