Thursday, April 13, 2017
First Line Friday: Jesus Edition!
Happy Friday! As it is Good Friday, I am super excited to share my first line this week. It is a book I have been reading every year for the last three, starting Palm Sunday and continuing through Holy Week to the following Sunday
What I love so much about it is that it is a day-by-day guide to Holy Week, complete with applicable chapters from all four books for each day, Sunday through Sunday. Everything is arranged in chronological order as best we can know, as well as author commentary and bits of historical context, plus all kinds of charts and maps to aid you. There are also some excellent footnotes that the author includes, which I greatly appreciated. I will continue to read this every year, as long as I am able. It is a wonderful guide. While these are stories many know so well, it is kind of a comfort as much as anything else, to read and reread each year.
I am taking my line - oh who am I kidding, my PARAGRAPH - from the brief section entitled "Early in the Week: The King Comes For His Kingdom: Sunday-Tuesday". It briefly describes Jesus' movements in the week leading up to Palm Sunday.
"The year was AD 33. The excitement in the cool spring air of Jerusalem was palpable. Thousands of Jewish pilgrims had gathered from around the world for the upcoming Passover feast, and word had spread that Jesus - a thirty-something itinerant rabbi, prophet, and healer from Galilee - had raised Lazarus from the dead, had withdrawn from Bethany - a village just a couple miles east of Jerusalem - to a town called Ephraim in the wilderness (John 11:54), and was staying at Bethany during the weekend prior to Passover (John 11:55-12:9-11, 17-18)."
Leave a comment letting me know what you think of my line, or leave a line of your own to share. Then visit the blogs of my fellow First-Liners and see what they have this week as well.
Bree - Bibliophile Reviews
Rachel - Bookworm Mama
Heather - Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Beth - Faithfully Bookish
Katie - Fiction Aficionado
Lauraine - Lauraine's Notes
Andi - Radiant Light
Carrie - Reading is my SuperPower
Robin - Robin's Nest
Sydney - Singing Librarian
Kathleen - Kathleen Denly
Amanda - With a Joyful Noise
Jessica - A Baker's Perspective
Happy Reading, Happy Friday, Happy Easter!