Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Last Week - ONE Palm Sunday

During the weeks of Lent, I am going to do a post on each of the eight chapters from The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus's Final Week in Jerusalem by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. These will not be long chapter summaries but rather a quick look at key ideas/concepts.

Chapter ONE: The conflict that resulted in the death of Jesus was not Jesus against Judaism but rather Jesus' protest against the domination system centered in the Jerusalem Temple that was at odds against the already present and coming kingdom of God. The defining features of this domination system were: 1) rule by a few, 2) economic exploitation of the poor, and 3) religious legitimation of the domination system.

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