In Lent 2021, Presbyterians across the country are invited to join a denomination-wide book study on Amy-Jill Levine’s Entering the Passion of Jesus.
Guided by Levine’s deep knowledge of the New Testament and strong storytelling skills, Presbyterians will journey through Lent reflecting on the Passion of Jesus as it is told in the gospels.
Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week
Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger and the potential for great loss or great reward.
Jesus risked his reputation when he entered Jerusalem in a victory parade. He risked his life when he dared to teach in the Temple. His followers risked everything when they left behind their homes or anointed him with costly perfume. We take risks as we read and re-read these stories, finding new meanings and new challenges.
In Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, author, professor and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience.
Do not let the title fool you; this book is not just for beginners!
The book supplies a rich and challenging learning experience for people from various stages in the Christian journey. As Levine draws us deep into the history of last days before Jesus’ crucifixion, you will find yourself pondering allusions to Jewish texts and Roman history that you had not noticed before, making connections to other stories in the gospels, and exploring themes that are as relevant today as they were in Jesus’ time.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada has a short weekly study guide to go with the book study that includes questions, prayer suggestions and a recommended spiritual practice. As well, Abingdon Press—publisher of Entering the Passion of Jesus—provides a leader’s guide to go with this study.