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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.
©2006 Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Valerie on 02-24-12

Fantastic review

Where does The Last Week rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle. I liked being able to knit on my prayer shawl while listening, but I wished I could highlight and underline. A little too scholarly for a casual listening.

Would you be willing to try another book from Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan ? Why or why not?

I would definitely read other books from Borg and Crossan. Very thorough. Borg & Crossan's review of Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem is thoroughly scholarly and inspirational. I especially appreciate the fact that they acknowledge the traditional interpretations while offering new perspectives.

Any additional comments?

I love audible books, but I would buy this one for my Kindle next time!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Curt Curtis on 01-25-15


I first read this book at the recommendation of a former pastor during the spring of 2010. I had just retired and was caring for my wife during her last days. The word 'blessing' is used to often these days, but this book was truly a blessing during a very difficult time. Now listening to the audio version gave me great comfort and additional insight to the past few years. This may become an annual lead in to Lent for me.

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By craig walsh on 01-03-18

Excellent interpretation of the meaning of Jesus.

I recommend listening to this audiobook again and again until the excellent discourse on Holy Week has been comprehended. It’s exposition of the political as well as the personal Jesus in his last week is very intriguing and makes one think of how the social justice aspect is sadly missing from mainstream Christianity, the church being pretty much aligned with the powerful establishment.

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