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Book Review: The Final Days of Jesus

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.

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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 days.

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."

196:1.3 To “follow 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 Urantia 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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