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.
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
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:
- Jerusalem: Risking Reputation
- The Temple: Risking Righteous
- Teachings: Risking Challenge
- The First Dinner: Risking
- The Last Supper: Risking the
Loss of Friends
- Gethsemane: Risking
Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane
Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of
Arts and Sciences. An internationally renowned scholar and teacher, she is the
author of numerous books including The Misunderstood
Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and The
Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Bible and
the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us. She
is also the co-editor of the Jewish
Annotated New Testament.
Professor Levine, who has done over 300 programs for churches, clergy groups,
and seminaries, has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National
Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Institutions granting her honorary degrees include Christian Theological
Seminary and the Episcopal Seminary of the