The Last Hours of Jesus

From Gethsemane to Golgotha

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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.

The result?

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!
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  • Pages: 304
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622824-700
  • Product Code: 4700
  • Availability: In Stock
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The book is both "scholarly" and yet EASY to read at the same time. Not over-loaded with footnotes, references... one can simply tell that the author has done his research and knows what he's talking about. The footnotes that are included are worthwhile and interesting, and the book itself allows the reader to spiritually benefit, and to better understand the Passion; so that hopefully, during Holy Week, some of those "confusing statements, actions..." are resolved and provide for a far more coherent understanding of the Gospels.
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Feel like you are right there! Very emotional. Really like all his comments on the customs at the time, we really have to put ourselves in their world..not ours.
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I initially bought this book with the intention of nursing it as my Lenten read. The book was so engaging, I found myself staying up hours after my normal sleep time just to read "one more chapter." The book is filled with deep insights that remain true to the gospel without pandering to sentimentality. It presents a stark glimpse into the electric charged political atmosphere of Jerusalem at the time. It also presents a touching glimpse into Jesus' last hours. When the tomb is sealed at the books end, I found myself longing for the Resurrection, the true purpose of The Passion. The book truly drew me closer to the sacrifice our Lord and Saviour endured for our sins. It is an absolute must read.
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Highly recommend!
This book does a great job of bringing in information that is not easily obtained in the gospels. I highly recommend this book if you have the desire to know more.
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Last Hours, blow by blow...
This book looks behind the names and places where the Passion of Christ occurred. How many times have we heard of Pilate, Annas,Caiaphas, without ever understanding who they were and what made them tick.
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Lent Set

Begin your Lent by reflecting on the permanent and scrificial love that was portrayed by Jesus's last hours during the Crucifixion.

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