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The final week of the Savior’s mortal ministry, combined with His glorious Resurrection from the dead, provide a magnificent finale for His eternal Atonement for all of Heavenly Father’s children. In this book, The Last Week, Barrett Slade provides the reader with a powerful, concise, and spiritual account and study, based in the scriptures, of the events and details of the culminating week wherein the Only Begotten Son of God fulfilled the Father’s will.
There is power in the scriptures themselves, and Brother Slade has done a great work in bringing them to the forefront, in proper order, chronicling the Savior’s final week in mortality and His Resurrection. The format is delightfully simple and makes a pleasant read: First, a brief summary of the event or topic in chronological order, with commentary about what happened at that point in the final week of the Master’s ministry, followed by the actual verses of scripture referring to that event.
For example: Chapter 1 gives us a summary of Jerusalem during the Passover and the journey that needs to be taken to get to Jerusalem and why.
Approximately three years after the beginning of His ministry and a week before the Feast of the Passover, the Lord traveled to Jerusalem for this purification event, an important tradition of the people. The chief priests and Pharisees expected the Savior to go to Jerusalem to participate in this event, and it was at this time while in the temple that they began to conspire on how they might “take” Him. Luke 11 provides some insight into the reason they hated Him and sought to take His life. The Lord was quite bold in telling the Pharisees that they were hypocrites because of their strict obedience to outward “ceremonial rules” but inward were not pure in heart. They were very prideful and offended by the word of the Lord. This led to great hatred and resentment toward Him; therefore, they sought ways to “catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him” (Luke 11:53–54).
With this simple format, Brother Slade makes these passages of scripture come to life for you by first telling you what you are going to read and then having you read it in the scriptures themselves. This lends extra understanding and opportunity for the Holy Ghost to be your Teacher.
The notes at the end of the book offer a wealth of additional insights into Jewish culture and practice that add rich meaning and understanding for the reader.
In summary, this book will prove to be an extremely valuable contribution to the knowledge base and testimony of all who read and study it. I highly recommend it.
- David J. Ridges
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