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MATTHEW 21–23; MARK 11; LUKE 19–20

Commentary by Lynne Hilton Wilson Ph.D. 


As we exam Jesus’ last few days of his life in more detail than we did over Easter Week, I want to look closely at the timeline given in the New Testament. The timeline is different in the Synoptic Gospels, because the Synoptic Gospels organized Jesus’ mission geographically—they group everything together that happened in Galilee, then things that happened on Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, and finally they grouped everything together that happened in Jerusalem. They telescope everything that happened in Jerusalem throughout Jesus’ mission into the last few days of His life. In other words, Matthew, Mark and Luke organized their Gospels by location, not time.  On the other hand, John’s Gospel is more chronological. John describes Jesus traveling back and forth to Jerusalem at least six times during His ministry (including three Passover feasts, thus establishing His three-year ministry). John also includes a timeline for the Passover of Jesus’ last week.


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