For Lent this year consider engaging your mind as well as your spirit in preparation for Holy Week by reading “The Last Week: What The Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days In Jerusalem,” by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.
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.
Seekers and Skeptics, Hope’s evening adult book discussion group will begin discussing The Last Week on Tuesday, March 4, and will discuss a chapter each week of Lent. You can join the discussion at 7 PM in the Senior High room of Hope’s education wing. Contact Frank McPherson if you have any questions.