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FAITHFULNESS TO THE REIGN OF GOD

The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’ Final Week in Jerusalem
By Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan
HarperSanFrancisco, 2006. 220 pp. $21.95.
by Kathy Perry

"’Jesus is Lord’ –and the powers of this world are not." According to Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan in their new book The Last Week, this is the essential message that Easter affirms. They insist the Jesus of Mark’s Gospel was a God-centred human being who revealed his commitment in both a personal and a politically engaged way. For the authors, Christian commitment imbues personal and political life with religious meaning, involving followers in active discipleship that is both challenging and inviting. In this book, they provide an exegesis of the Gospel according to Mark, focusing on the account of the last week of Jesus’ life.
     Many people today understand our world as a more or less integral network of national governments. The power relations that bind nations together are complex and difficult to understand. The "normalcy of civilization" –to use a phrase from
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