Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week

Book, 2018, 143 pp
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Dive deep into the history of the last days before the crucifixion.

Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward.

Jesus risked his reputation when he entered Jerusalem in a victory parade. He risked his life when he dared to teach in the Temple. His followers risked everything when they left behind their homes, or anointed him with costly perfume. We take risks as we read and re-read these stories, finding new meanings and new challenges.

In Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience.

Entering the Passion of Jesus provides a rich and challenging learning experience for small groups and individual readers alike. The book is part of a larger six-week study that is perfect for Lent and includes a DVD, and a comprehensive Leader Guide.

The book’s six chapters include:

  • Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
  • The Temple Incident
  • The Anointing of Jesus and the Role of Womene
  • Jesus’ Teachings in the Temple
  • The Last Supper Traditions
  • Gethsemane

Also see related DVD and Leader Guide, available separately.

"Grounded in the rich and compelling scholarship we have come to expect from her, Amy-Jill Levine's Entering the Passion of Jesus will surprise many and inform all who walk through Holy Week with her." -- Rev. Dr. William Brosend, School of Theology, the University of the South

"This exploration of the passion narratives is not only greatly informative but also deeply comforting and challenging as Levine shows the risks Jesus asks us to take in order to love as he did." -- Barbara Reid, OP, Professor of New Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union

"This inspirational book is a rare combination of scholarly wisdom and timely interpretation. Professor Levine paints a compelling picture of Jesus who, through commitment to a God of love, justice, and peace, risks compassionate action in spite of its dangers. Strongly recommended for those seeking the deeper meaning of the Passion." -- John S. McClure, Charles G. Finney Professor of Preaching and Worship, Vanderbilt Divinity School

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