Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
I have previously stated my annual practice of reading a new book each year during major times of the church year like Christmas and Easter. This year I wrote about The Final Days of Jesus.
Each day this week Justin Taylor posts a short clip (about five minutes) of different New Testament scholars explaining the significance - historical, cultural, sociological, political and theological – of each day in the final week of Jesus’ life addressing: the triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the Passover meal/last supper/Lord’s Supper eaten with His disciples, the ignominious crucifixion, and the glorious resurrection.
Palm Sunday, Day 1: In this clip with New Testament professors Doug Moo (Wheaton College Graduate School) and Andreas Köstenberger (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), they address the historical phenomenon of the feast of the unleavened bread culminating in the Passover, and what it would mean for the city of Jerusalem, a city of 40,000 that could become six times that number during this celebration, and what that would have meant to Roman and Jewish leaders.
Monday, Day 2: In this clip with New Testament professors Nicholas Perrin (Wheaton College) and Grant Osborne (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), they focus specifically on “the cursing of the fig tree, the cleansing of the temple, and the role of the temple in the theology and practice of Jesus.”
We watched the first one last evening as part of our family devotions. I encourage you to join me to listen and learn from these scholars as they teach on the text of Scripture regarding Jesus’ final week leading up to the cross and resurrection. Come back to Taylor’s blog each day this week to hear the rest of the teaching.