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Sunday Morning Bible Study
February 21, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
All are welcome to this six-week Lenten Study of The Last Week, by Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan. Come not only to meet the historical Jesus, but meet a radical and little-known Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him. Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus’s final week of life.
Reading: Preface: The First Passion of Jesus and Chapter One: Palm Sunday.
Focus scripture: Mark 11.1-11.
Focus questions to think about:
1. What was Jesus passionate about? And how is that related to his “suffering” and death?
2. Two processions enter Jerusalem on this day. How were they different?
3. How do Borg & Crossan describe the Roman “domination system”? Why was ownership of land important?
4. For Mark, Jesus’ message is about the Kingdom of God, and the Way to reach it. What is God’s sort of Kingdom?
5. To whom did Jesus talk?
6. What does fellowship with Jesus mean?
This is one of Bill Lamb’s favorite books and he will be facilitating these discussions.
Here is the full Amazon description of the book.
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.
For the Zoom information, check your Saturday Zoom email or contact Bill Lamb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoom (CUCC): reserved for Bill Lamb; 9:30-10:30AM