The Death of Jesus in Early Chrisianity by John T Carroll and Joel B Green

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Occasionally in seminary, I came across a piece of assigned reading that I absolutely loved. Wait-what am I talking about. I loved almost every book that came across my grubby little hands. It’s seminary.  I blame my love for theology for the reasons I had to crate (literally) mountains of books to our new house. **fist in the air**

Anyways, I thought my “Book Bank” would give me the opportunity to share some of those books.  This book is from one of my last classes called “The Cross in the New Testament.” It was a class where we studied the death and crucifixion of Jesus, its meaning in the new testament texts and how Jesus’ death works in the Christian belief.  If that wasn’t enough already, we were given some amazing material to read by amazing scholars.

The Death of Jesus in Early Christianity is very well organized. Discussions are laid out in almost neat little stacks so one is able to read chapters separately from one another without feeling obligated to go in order.  The book is sectioned into 3 parts, dealing with the death of Jesus itself in the text, early Christians thoughts on the matters, and finally biblical/theological issues.  In addition, the authors ask several questions in the text. They will ask one questions, then follow it with another questions that builds on the first. Almost using questions to build their arguments and main points-less the times they bluntly state their obvious position.  They also do go through each gospel in the first part, then through the epistles and early interpretations of the Jesus moment.  It’s a beautiful combination of such a tragic event alongside what many considering the most important event of the modern area.

Book rating? 4 stars–mostly because the repetitive questioning and the organization gets overboard at times, but nothing to be scared of.

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