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Last Hours of Jesus
Each of the four Gospels tells only part of the story of Jesus . . . and all of them leave out background facts that are essential to understanding events surrounding Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion.
That’s because the Gospels were written for readers already familiar with many of the persons, places, parties, and politics that governed events in those long-past days. Not so modern readers, twenty centuries later!
Which is why Fr. Ralph Gorman has here crafted a single, unforgettable, detailed account that combines material from all four Gospels with critically-important Old Testament passages, plus relevant facts from Jewish and Roman history, laws, traditions, and practices. He also includes helpful first century military, political, geographical, and archaeological information and keen depictions of Gospel places based on his three years residence there.
A richly-textured, moment-by-moment account that brings to vivid life the powerful events that transpired between Jesus' Agony in the Garden and His death on the Cross – a narrative that actually provides a fuller treatment of the events of Passion Week than is found in any of the Gospels.
From The Last Hours of Jesus, you’ll come to learn scores of new – and often surprising – things, including:
- The exact moment that Satan entered Judas
- The dangerous political currents in Palestine that fueled the fatal events of Holy Week
- Why Jesus refused to answer many of His accusers
- Pontius Pilate: why he admired — but condemned — Jesus
- Why, so quickly, Palm Sunday’s “Hosannas” led to Good Friday’s “Crucify him!”
- Why, after His death, the Sanhedrin still feared Jesus
- And much more to enrich your knowledge, understanding, and love of Jesus!
Relics from the Crucifixion
The Jews usually burned the crosses used by the Romans after executions but following Jesus' crucifixion they quickly threw the Cross in a ditch to get it out of sight before the feast of Passover.
That preserved the True Cross, and memory of the events preserved its location.
Disgusted with continued Christian veneration of the spot, pagan Roman Emperor Hadrian erected on the Cross's burial site a statue to Venus, hoping thereby to obliterate their memory.
It didn’t work.
Indeed, because of the statue, when the Empire became Christian, St. Helena knew the exact spot where she would find the very Cross on which Christ died.
All relics from Christ's crucifixion have a similarly fascinating story, all of which are told here in this 1910 work by the enterprising Catholic investigator Charles Wall.
Among the things you’ll discover in these pages:
- The miracle that revealed to St. Helena which of the three discovered crosses was that of Jesus
- The horse’s bit made from a nail of the True Cross, and the successes it brought the horse’s rider
- The nails — and why there are so many in existence today
- A history of the fortunes the Crown of Thorns to those who held them, and a list of towns where thorns are found
- Where, in 1492, workman accidentally discovered again the actual board on which “King of the Jews” was written
- The modest Frenchman who saved a holy nail from profanation during the French Revolution
- Drawings of the spear of Longinus, and reports of its later use in battles
- Relics of Jesus’s actual blood from the Crucifixion: and why it makes sense that some still exists
- The veil of Veronica, Christ’s seamless robe, and much more!
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