This book is part of the historical Jesus movement, which is receiving quite a backlash right now in many academic Christian circles and seminaries. As a priest, in my humble opinion, there is a lot to be gained from these books if read in a balanced view of Christianity and biblical scholarship. If the historical Jesus movement is all that one reads, it is certainly a skewed and one-sided view of the scholarship that is out there. My homiletics professor from seminary recommended these books by Borg and Crossen quite a bit, including The Last Week, a similar treatment of the Easter story. I certainly gained some insights from this book that I might use in homilies. I think it adds a lot to the discussion. I read this book on a trip to Rome with a youth choir from Jackson, Mississippi that we went on the day after Christmas, so it was certainly timely for me.