Published on March 9, 2020 by Benjamin J. Montoya

Fontes Press, 2020 | 120 pages

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The Gospels record Jesus’ last days leading up to his crucifixion, but how attentive are we to the details of the account? Should we speak of Palm Sunday or Monday? Have we misunderstood the Pharisees? Why do the four Gospels present the resurrection in different ways? Were the Jews really “fickle?” Varner focuses carefully on the details of the Gospels that we often overlook. This lively and carefully nuanced account of the Passion Week will bring you to a renewed sense of devotion for the Savior.


About the Author:

Dr. Varner was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at Master’s University in 1999, 2005, and 20012 and has been a member of Who’s Who in Education and in America since 1998. He received the Academic Prize at Biblical Theological Seminary and was Valedictorian at Dropsie College; He pastored for seven years and was Director of the Institute of Biblical Studies at Friends of Israel; has made 51 trips to Israel; and is a member of Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature. He has authored thirteen books and over a hundred journal and magazine articles. He pastors the Sojourners Fellowship at Grace Community Church, likes studying the Civil War, and traveling with his wife Helen.



“A rich blend of historical insight, devotional reflection, and theological pondering. While you might not agree with everything in the book, all of it will compel you to think more deeply about the week that changed the world and history, the Passion of our Lord.”

Abner Chou (PhD), John F. MacArthur Endowed Fellow, The Master’s University

“William Varner’s book on Jesus’ last week is filled with fresh insights resulting from years of study and first-hand observation in the Holy Land itself. Beautifully written, Passionate about the Passion Week will make an excellent resource for laity and clergy. Scholars, too, should read this well-informed book, for I suspect many will have to update their lecture notes! Varner’s little book is a gem and very much worth the read. Highly recommended.”

Craig A. Evans (PhD), Houston Baptist University

“Will Varner is an experienced and trusted guide both to the Bible and to the Holy Land. I can’t think of a better person to lead us through the Scriptures and geographical details of the final days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. This volume will both educate your mind and nourish your soul.”

Robert L. Plummer (PhD), Collin and Eveyln Aikman Professor of Biblical Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This unpretentious little book is full of good things. Dr. Varner set us straight on a number of historical points, while at the same time emphasizing the devotional dimensions of the passion narrative. In effect, reading this book can become a spiritual exercise, especially appropri-ate during Passion Week but, given the central importance of these events, useful at any time in the liturgical year.”

Donald A. Hagner (PhD), George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

“Tradition reigns during Holy Week, but with gentle prodding Will Var-ner pokes at what we think is true about Jesus’ final week on earth and guides us into better ways of understanding. By questioning accepted interpretations and reminding us what the biblical texts actually say, this book illuminates the most important week of human history. After you rethink your assumptions and consider new ideas, you will discover that the author’s passion for our Lord Jesus Christ has deepened your own.”

William L. Krewson (PhD), Professor, School of Divinity, Cairn University

“This book is a masterpiece of fresh examination and insights. It is scholarly, uplifting, Christ-exalting, and God-honoring.”

Dr. Gary Cohen, Retired Seminary Professor and Army Chaplain

“Passionate about the Passion Week has helped me read the Gospels with greater detail, looking at the complete harmony of the Passion Week. I believe it is of great value to anyone looking to preach or teach through this important part of Jesus’ life and ministry.”

Adam Waller, Pastor of Grace Life London

“Have you ever found yourself wondering about certain things in the Passion story that never seemed to line up with the actual biblical text? If so, you’re not alone. William Varner comes to our rescue, carefully sifting through the biblical records to bring out the actual story of our Savior’s passion. Buy it, read it, believe it and share it. The story is too important to miss.”

Dr. David Hegg, Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Santa Clarita, CA

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Fontes Press, 2020 | 120 pages

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