An Easter Book of Days
Meeting the characters of the cross and resurrection
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Following the bestselling Advent Book of Days, Gregory Cameron turns his artistic, literary and pastoral skills to the Easter story, introducing us to the characters who populate the crucifixion and resurrection.
He explores 25 characters from the stories of Lent, Holy Week and Easter from the perspectives of scripture, history and legend and asks how they can enrich our practice of faith today.
As well as the familiar figures - Christ himself, Mary his mother, Mary Magdalene, the disciples, Pilate, the soldiers, and the thieves crucified with Jesus, he explores aspects of the story not found in scripture, such as Veronica wiping the face of Jesus as he carried his cross.
Considering biblical accounts alongside folk legends, he also explores the rich traditions that have built up around the cross and the crown of thorns, as well as tales of how the robin got its red breast, or what happened to the disciples after the ascension, creating a richly textured guide to the Easter season.
'This delightful and profound book takes us on a journey as rich in its text as in its imagery. Tracing the characters who feature in the Easter story, Bishop Gregory draws us into the unfolding drama of the One whose death and resurrection has shaped history like no other. As ever with stories like this, it is not only the wider impact of his life but how he touched individuals and showed them the challenge and beauty of God's love. If you read this book well (and it deserves a close read) it will have precisely the same impact on you.' -- Andrew John, Archbishop of Wales
'Both imaginative and scholarly, these reflections on the stories of Jesus' passion and resurrection open up the human dimension of familiar texts in a fresh way. They invite us to find ourselves afresh in thinking about the personalities who were the first witnesses of the mystery, so that we may learn to bear witness more confidently in our own day.' -- Rowan Williams