Justin Taylor and Andreas
Köstenberger have produced a little
gem of a book in The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of
the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived. The book aims to set forth
from scripture just what the title suggests. The authors explain
exactly how the last week of Jesus’ ministry unfolded, from
Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday. They write,
“This book covers
Jesus’ final days. In these pages
you will read the eyewitness accounts of what the most important person
who ever lived said and did during the most important week of his
life… We will put the accounts together in roughly
chronological order” (p. 13-14).
To that end the body of the
book comprises chapters that correspond to
each day of the week (see table of contents below). For each event in
the final week of Jesus’ life, the scriptural text appears
and is followed by concise commentary on that text. The commentary is
very well done and will prove helpful to anyone wishing to get an
informed perspective on these critical days of Jesus’ life.
I really appreciate what
Köstenberger and Taylor have achieved
in this book. There is a vast wasteland of skeptical commentary on the
gospel accounts of Jesus life. But this is not that kind of book. They
treat the gospels as reliable eyewitness testimony.
"Link to External Source Article" below to read further.
It is so exciting to find the
internet abuzz with Jesus. Every day, we
see article after article - book after book - movie after movie
- celebrating and lifting the name of Jesus up for all to see and
consider. The thirst for knowledge about Jesus goes on unabated in this
21st century after his life in the flesh. This particular book looks
like a good effort, but sadly, no recent book, article, or movie out
there today can do proper justice to the amazing story of Jesus' last
As Urantia Book
readers/students, we are privy to a unique and
remarkable accounting of-not only Jesus final days-but of his entire
life, covered in a nearly day-to-day chronicle that awes the reader
with its thrilling narrative.
Part IV of The Urantia Book
is the most complete and replete retelling
of this God/man's life and teachings available anywhere on the planet.
It is written by those who were true eyewitnesses to the power and
majesty of Jesus' deceptively simple, humble life, and the tremondous
impact it made, and still makes, on our lonely little world; and not
only on our world, but millions of other worlds in this universe of
Jesus' making. Reading it
and gleaning the lessons on life through this retelling constitutes one
of the highest achievements to which any of us can aspire: "to know the
religious life of Jesus and how he lived it."
Jesus” means to personally share
his religious faith and to enter into the spirit of the
Master’s life of unselfish service for man. One of the most
important things in human living is to find out what Jesus believed, to
discover his ideals, and to strive for the achievement of his exalted
life purpose. Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value
is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.
In conjunction with this book review above, the reader may be pleased
and excited to learn that this last week of Jesus life in The
Book - while not essentially
different in fact - is quite different in
detail, content, and meaning. It is indeed, the "greatest story ever
told," and your reading of the Urantia Book account will add
immeasurably to your understanding and your appreciation of Jesus and
his mission to our world.
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True Easter Story now.