The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem by Marcus J. BorgThe Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem by Marcus J. Borg

The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem

byMarcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan

Paperback | January 30, 2007

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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. Borgis Canon Theologian at Trinity EpiscopalCathedral in Portland, Oregon. He wasHundere Chair of Religion and Culture atOregon State University until his retirementin 2007. Borg is the author of nineteen books,including the bestselling The Heart of Christianity,Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time,Reading the Bible Again f...
Title:The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in JerusalemFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:January 30, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060872608

ISBN - 13:9780060872601


Rated 5 out of 5 by from It blew my mind Borg and Crossan took me to study the Gospel of Mark, considered by many scholars to be the first of the written Gospels, without the heavy overlay of later gospels and church tradition. What I found was that the Gospel was written in very tight, deliberate prose, and showed the very political aspects of Jesus' ministry, and how it came that even though he was at the height of his popularity, the high priests and those who benefited from Rome's domination system of the day wanted to get rid of him, and how it almost didn't happen! The Last Week inspired me to the point that I have just finished leading a Lenten study course at my church using it as the primary resource. I strongly recommend it.
Date published: 2009-04-03

Editorial Reviews

“A readable and attractive reinterpretation of Jesus’ death and resurrection. . . .”