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4.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 5 4.04 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus J. Borg Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 2/19/2014

    " A walk-through of holy week--with analysis and historical context--by 2 leading Jesus scholars. This is a good book especially for those interested in a non-fundamentalist perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 2/6/2014

    " Offers food for thought. I really enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 2/3/2014

    " A great take on the final week of Jesus life, from the perspective of Mark's Gospel. I have used this a number of times during Holy Week to facilitate contextual reflection on the meaning and ministry of Jesus' final days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/25/2014

    " Interesting walk through Jesus' last week before his execution. Rich with cultural and political explainations and comparison with the account as told by Mark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Alvord | 1/19/2014

    " Compelling argumentation and scholarship from two of my favorite New Testament/historical Jesus scholars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Lashomb | 1/17/2014

    " Good commentary on Jesus's final week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/1/2014

    " This book puts Jesus in a more political perspective. I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 12/8/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading about Holy Week as I experienced Easter this year! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/1/2013

    " it was just okay. I appreciated the historical facts about Jerusalem and Rome that happened at the same time as the Biblical Stories, but the Authors theories on parables and hell left me scratching my head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loren Du puy | 11/24/2013

    " The Gospel of Mark comes alive as it celebrates life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tinytextiles | 5/7/2013

    " This is a book I intend to reread as there is a lot to absorb. The structure of the book--one day at a time as the gospel Mark reads---is an excellent way to think about each of the passages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki Green | 3/20/2013

    " This is an interesting analysis of Mark's account of the last week of Jesus before the crucifixion. I like the thought process these author's use. They make me think. They make me a more analytical Christian "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/15/2012

    " Puts Holy Week strongly in a historical context while clarifying the theological roots of Mark's Gospel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/27/2012

    " Interesting look at the political climate surrounding Jesus' crucifixion. It focuses more on Jesus' political aims; essentially, freeing the poor from an unequal and unjust social situation, than on any religious dogma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 6/14/2012

    " This book provided many interesting insites into the time of Jesus. I gained more understanding and was a good book to read during Lent. I did have some problem with conclusions the authors came to at the end, but will not let that spoil my entire view of the book. Overall, a very interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Lo | 6/2/2012

    " Gave a lot of helpful context to the events retold in the Gospels. It really helps to know what these actions would have meant to the people who lived in those times in order to think about present day parallels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Sellers | 12/16/2011

    " Very awe and challenging - but the thoughts linger and educate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanderoo | 9/22/2011

    " So good I wrote a song about Jesus based on what I learned from The Last Week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 9/21/2011

    " Fascinating tic tock account of the last week of Jesus' life from both a theological, geopolitical/historical perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 8/21/2011

    " Another excellent book from two of my favorite writers about Christianity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 4/25/2011

    " I was rereading this book for Holy Week, and it continues to inspire and teach me. It's a great look at what Jesus probably MEANT to do and say instead of the salvation theology that the church laid on him some years after the fact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 4/10/2011

    " Jesus the anti-imperialist takes on the empire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 3/8/2011

    " Good analysis based on the Bible records. Sometimes gets a bit too abstract for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 11/20/2010

    " A walk-through of holy week--with analysis and historical context--by 2 leading Jesus scholars. This is a good book especially for those interested in a non-fundamentalist perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pjr8888 | 4/27/2010

    " i read this during "holy week" 2010. a fine, down-to-earth, and appreciated its realistically plausible walk through that eventful week and many its stirring insightful intelligent and inspiring interpretations of the reconstruction of the events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 3/23/2010

    " This is an interesting analysis of Mark's account of the last week of Jesus before the crucifixion. I like the thought process these author's use. They make me think. They make me a more analytical Christian "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/16/2010

    " takes concentration, but I'm finding it a good read for Lent "

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About the Author
Author Marcus J. Borg

Marcus J. Borg (1942–2015) was canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, emeritus, at Oregon State University. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he had been national chair of the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature and was the author of the bestselling books Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, The God We Never Knew, Jesus, and Speaking Christian.

About the Narrator

John Pruden is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. His exposure to many people, places, and experiences throughout his life provides a deep creative well from which he draws his narrative and vocal characterizations. His narration of The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers was chosen by the Washington Post as a Best Audiobook of 2010.