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[Review] The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week Of The Most Important Person Who Ever Lived by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Justin Taylor, With Alexander Stewart

Title: The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week Of The Most Important Person Who Ever Lived
Author: Andreas J. Kostenberger and Justin Taylor, with Alexander Stewart
Publisher: Crossway January 31, 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, the passion week of Jesus Christ, Growth, Gospels, Bible
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Crossway in exchange for a review. The review is of my opinion, and in no way coerced, or reflected by another.

Link @ Crossway (scroll down the links page for an excerpt). 

Crossway has a new review program entitled, Beyond The Page Crossway Book Reviews. 
The new program is e-books only, hard copies are no longer available for review. The Final Days of Jesus will be the last hard copy I'll receive from them to review.

The introduction begins by defining "how to use this book," then a short introduction to the Gospels, belief in the Gospels, and how to deal with "contradictions". A time-line of the last week is given from the Gospels. Chapters are divided in to the day's of the week, and by what events happened each day. Sunday through Wednesday the Bible verses are given only, then a summary. Thursday through Sunday the Scripture passage is written in complete and given first, followed by a brief commentary. The Thursday through Sunday section is lengthier. Bible passages are from the English Standard Version, Crossway. An epilogue, teaches the "later appearances of Jesus". The last chapter directs the reader to the most important question which will ever be asked: 
"Who Do You Say That He Is?"  
My Thoughts:
There are several reasons for giving this book 5 stars for excellent.
  1. Organized timeline of events of the last week of Jesus's life on earth. 
  2. All the Gospels are studied and presented. 
  3. Graph representing Jewish method of time, for example: fourth watch.
  4. Six color illustrations are given. These are published in the ESV Crossway Study Bible. 
  5. A graph of "The Last Seven Sayings of Jesus." Representing all four Gospels. 
  6. Several black and white small maps are given to give the reader an idea of where Jesus was taken on Friday, for example: when Jesus was taken from "the Sanhedrin to Pontius Pilate", and the road to Golgotha. 
  7. Exact dates are given. 
  8. Excellent explanation of "sanctification".
  9. Study of the "High Priestly Prayer".
  10. A sobering view on "mob justice". 
  11. Sunday morning and the "empty tomb".
The Final Days of Jesus is not an exhaustive type book. The chapters are short, but meaty. An excellent foundation material for a new Christian, or a Christian wanting a concise study of Jesus's Passion Week. 
While reading this book I kept thinking this is a perfect Easter gift. Easter is April 20.

My favorite quote:
"Sanctification is a lifelong process whereby believers progressively grow in holiness and purity in their thoughts, words, and actions." page 83