Monday, March 17, 2014

The Final Days of Jesus

The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever LivedThe Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived by Andreas J. Köstenberger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crossway recently released a new work from Andreas Kostenberger and Justin Taylor entitled The Final Days of Jesus.  Through this work the authors seek to provide an organized and devotional look at the final week of the life of Christ.  Kostenberger and Taylor offer the reader a guided tour of Passion Week that is accessible, organized, and stirring.

The structure of this work is basically a harmony of the Gospels focused on the week of His passion with extensive commentary on the biblical text.  The Final Days of Jesus does a great job examining, but not exceeding, the text.  Oftentimes there is a temptation when commenting on Scripture to be definitive in places that one cannot honestly be definitive.  Authors will often also read into motives and mentality in places where the Scriptures do not comment in order to make a point.  I was pleased to not encounter these eisegetical events in The Final Days of Jesus.

This book is simple.  It is clear.  It is basic, both in a common sense and a classical sense.  All this book seeks to do is to allow the reader to see and understand what the Scriptures record and it does just that.  In doing so, it allows the reader to be gripped by the world changing story of the death and resurrection of the Son of God.
This work is beneficial in a number of ways.  The Final Days of Jesus is a great work to introduce someone to the events of Jesus’ week leading up to Jesus’ work on the cross.  It also serves as a great work to read in preparation of the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection.

Kostenberger and Taylor’s guided tour of the Passion narrative is well worth being read and enjoyed.

I received a review copy of the book from Crossway in order to offer an honest review.

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