Were You There? People of Christ's Passion
Originally published in 1999 by Morehouse Publishing
To fully understand the Passion, we must come to know the world in which Jesus lived. 'These people were Mediterraneans: Jews, Greeks, and Romans. Because they lived in a time different from our own, they had a completely different way of understanding the world and their place in it. Far too often we project our world and our ideas back onto those who lived in biblical times and thus misunderstand much of what was going on. We need to try and get inside their heads and their hearts if we are ever to come to terms with the dynamics of the gospel narratives,' writes Ross Saunders.
Were You There? takes readers back to the last days of Jesus and examines what it meant for the disciples and others to follow him. Exploring what it meant to be part of a community in those days, and then to turn one's back on family and town, Saunders provides a clear sense of the scandal of following Jesus. A detailed explanation of the process of crucifixion, and an extended meditation for Good Friday help readers experience the last moments of Jesus' life on earth. Study questions for each chapter are provided.