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Jesus in Jerusalem: Prelude to the cross

By Robert Bashford
October 2021 | Review by John Mollitt
  • Publisher: DayOne Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1-84625-674-5
  • Pages: 144
  • Price: £7.00
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Book Review

This is a most helpful and informative book in which, from all four Gospels, Robert Bashford examines the last week of Jesus’s ministry in Jerusalem.

In a useful introduction, he suggests a chronological timetable and deals convincingly with the alleged differences to be found in the synoptic Gospels.

The four or five days under consideration are full of significant events which are all covered in these pages – including the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the cleansing of the temple, the cursing of the fig tree, and the widow’s offering. They are also full of instructive teaching as Jesus answers his critics, informs his disciples, and speaks to the crowds.

The range of teaching is extensive as Jesus deals with questions from his critics concerning his authority, the paying of taxes, the resurrection of the dead, and the most important commandment. His disciples are taught about faith, prayer, and forgiveness, and that the fall of Jerusalem is to be a curtain-raiser – albeit on a smaller scale – to the judgment that will fall on the world when Christ comes again. Jesus speaks to both his disciples and the crowds as he exposes hypocrites and explains the purpose of his mission.

This is a well-researched book with fresh insights on familiar passages of Scripture. There is much material here for preachers, but it will be a blessing to every believer to walk with Jesus beneath the shadow of the cross. Although the book may be read with profit at any time, it might be of special value to believers and churches in the weeks leading up to Easter.

Robert Bashford’s desired aim is to engage the heart as well as the mind. In this he succeeds, with the introduction and every chapter helpfully concluding with an appropriate prayer. Warmly recommended.

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