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The Passion of Jesus Collection (4 vols.)

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Liturgical Press 1985–1992

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Overview

The Passion of Jesus Christ is the climax of each of the Gospels. When we speak of the Passion of Jesus we refer, of course, to the suffering and death that he endured. But “passion” has other connotations equally fitting to Christ’s struggle on earth, namely, his unwavering commitment to his pastoral mission. The volumes in The Passion series elucidate the Passion in its historical context and explore its theological breadth and depth. Because each early Christian community and each generation were different, each evangelist told a unique story of the Passion. The purpose of this series is to invite today’s Christians to experience in a new way the power of each Passion narrative.

Donald Senior, OP, has labored long to understand and share the meaning of the Passion of Jesus in all its aspects. The Passion narratives have been a major focus of his scholarly career. Senior’s dissertation at the University of Louvain on the Passion according to Matthew was a significant contribution to scholarship on the death of Jesus. The harvest of his years of biblical, theological, and historical studies is presented in The Passion series.

Each book in the series follows the same format. The opening section shows how the rest of the Gospel prepares for the Passion story. The second and longest section is a detailed analysis of the Passion narrative itself. The concluding section synthesizes the theological motifs that dominate the Passion narrative to suggest some implications for contemporary experience. This is an excellent series for both the Scripture student and the pastoral minister.

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For more on the Passion of Jesus, take a look at The Crucifixion of Jesus: History, Myth, Faith.

Key Features

  • Relates the unique aspects of each Gospel narrative to the modern reader’s perspective
  • Shows how each Gospel prepares for the Passion narrative
  • Analyzes of the Passion narrative in each Gospel
  • Presents the fruit Fr. Donald Senior’s renowned career in biblical scholarship

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Individual Titles

The Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew

  • Author: Donald Senior
  • Series: The Passion
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 200

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The Word of the cross is a living word, crying out for reinterpretation as life takes new shape and expression. Reinterpreting the Gospel was particularly compelling for Matthew’s church because his Christians lived in a time of profound transition. The Passion of Jesus, then, was not simply a story of suffering out of the past but a point of identification for the Christians of Matthew’s own time. For twentieth-century Christians, who also know the peculiar suffering and hope of living in an age that is both dying and being born, the Passion of Jesus according to Matthew has special meaning.

The Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark

  • Author: Donald Senior
  • Series: The Passion
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 176

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Which came first: a coherent Passion story or the Gospel of Mark? Contemporary biblical scholarship is divided over how exactly the Passion story developed. Whatever the shape of the story prior to Mark, it must have been imprinted with Christian experience as well as historical memory. Mark, in turn, felt free to retell and reinterpret that story for his own time and place. The Passion of Jesus was not only a story from the past but also, in the sufferings and hopes of the Christians of Mark’s time, a living reality of the present.

The Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke

  • Author: Donald Senior
  • Series: The Passion
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Publication Date: 1985
  • Pages: 192

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The recent resurgence of scholarship on Luke’s Gospel is due, in part, to this Gospel’s special appeal for an age in which questions of economic justice, peace, and the prophetic role of the Churches questions all important in Luke are so urgent. Fr. Donald Senior’s exegesis yields a strong sense of what Luke intended to communicate to his readers and, to some degree, what may have been the circumstances that shaped his message. He reveals the Luke who presents Jesus as a champion of the marginalized, whose message of justice is proclaimed with a sharp prophetic edge.

The Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of John

  • Author: Donald Senior
  • Series: The Passion
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 176

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

John’s portrayal of Jesus’ death is as unique as the rest of his Gospel. Fr. Donald Senior explores how the rest of the Gospel prepares for the Passion story. He then gives a detailed analysis of the Passion narrative itself. Finally, he explores the theological motifs that dominate the Passion narrative. With scholarly finesse and deep pastoral awareness, he makes John’s vibrant message of the Passion speak to our life and times.

. . . should be purchased now and read before John’s passion is solemnly proclaimed next Good Friday.

National Catholic Reporter

About the Author

Donald Senior, OP, holds a licentiate in theology and a doctorate in New Testament studies from the University of Louvain, Belgium. He has pursued further graduate studies at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio, and at Harvard University. A frequent lecturer across the United States, Fr. Senior also serves on numerous boards and commissions. He is past president of the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada. In 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed him as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and he was reappointed in 2006 and 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI. He is also the author of What Are They Saying about Matthew? in the What Are They Saying About... Series.