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The library is open on Sunday mornings from 9:30 -12:00 noon and Monday mornings from 10:00 – 12:00 noon. There is a wide variety of books, DVDs, music CDs and Majesty magazines.

Book Review: The Last Week by Bishop Nigel
The Last Week: What the Gospels really teach about Jesus’ final days in Jerusalem by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan
If you are interested in a book with which to engage the accounts and events of Holy Week you might find The Last Week by Borg and Crossan to be a helpful resource. The authors are both distinguished Biblical scholars who have specialized in the study of the historical Jesus and bring the insights of that study and perspective to their writings. Though they are both well published in scholarly journals and publications they have written many books for general readership that are insightful and though having considerable depth are non-technical and not complex in language or structure.
Their purpose in writing this book was not to attempt a historical reconstruction of Jesus’ last week on earth nor to attempt to distinguish between what might actually have happened from the way it was recorded in the four gospels but rather to focus on telling and explaining, against the background of Jewish high-priestly collaboration with roman imperial control, the last week of Jesus’ life on earth as given in the Gospel of Mark. They selected Mark to focus on because, according to a broad academic consensus, it is the earliest Gospel and hence the first narrative account of Jesus’ final week and amongst the Gospel accounts it has the strongest chronological structure.
The chronological structure of the Gospel narrative is reflected in the book which consists of eight chapters, one for each day of Holy week commencing with Palm Sunday and concluding with Easter Sunday. The chapters range in length from 25- 30 pages with the book being just over 200 pages long. It is well suited for a Lenten study group or for individual Lenten discipline. If a chapter is read and reflected on each week of lent the final chapter concerning Easter Sunday would remain as an Easter week reflection. The book also contains discussion and study questions for each chapter to encourage deeper engagement with the concepts presented by the authors. The overarching theme or principle that is returned to throughout the book is to contrast the actions of Jesus to those in authority, namely the Roman occupiers and the temple hierarchy. They begin their account on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. By and large we are familiar with the presentation of Holy Week as conflict between Jesus and the Jewish authorities but what this book does is to refine our understanding by more clearly identifying the role of all the authority structures. The picture that emerges is of a Jesus who is less that of an inevitable victim and more that of a moral hero, a courageous prophet.
The authors’ aim is not to produce a purely academic work because the important point, as they say in their own words, is “What does then have to do with this now, our now?” In summary, this is an engaging and reasonably brief book that will reward study with both intellectual and spiritual insight.
The book is available at amazon.ca and through Indigo.ca but is not available in store. There will be few copies available in the Church library in time for Lent.
 
Thank you to Bishop Nigel for his Book Review this month. You may wish to purchase this book for your own study during Lent. As well, by way of supporting Christian Education here at St Anne’s we will be purchasing three copies of this book for the library. Please drop into the library to inquire or put your name on a reserve list for this seasonal book.

Handmade Toques for Sale
Keep warm and cozy in a handmade toque this winter. Come to the library to see our selection on Sunday mornings. Toques will also be available with the ACW bake sale in the library during the annual Pancake Supper on Tuesday Feb. 13th

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