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.
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 (18 vols.).