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Twenty-Four Hours That Changed the World Forever: An Easter Discussion
Some of the most important events in Jesus’ life—and in history—took place within a period of less than 24 hours. In honor of Easter, BAR explores Jesus’ last day—and asks you to join the conversation! Share your thoughts here on the events so central to Christianity and world history.
Bruce Chilton examines the Last Supper, what Jesus did at this meal and what it meant in the context of the Gospel accounts. After presiding over a boisterous Last Supper and before being thrown to the unruly throngs of Jerusalem, Jesus had a quiet moment in Gethsemane—a moment of fear, prayer, and profound loneliness. While his disciples slept Jesus stood deep in a valley, under the cold light of the holiday moon, and begged his Father to “let this cup pass from me.” Moments later he was arrested. Joan E. Taylor examines the slope of the Mount of Olives and discovers that Gethsemane is not a garden, as many people believe. Jerome Murphy-O’Connor explores what happened at Gethsemane. Peeling away layers of traditions found in the Gospels, he reveals the earliest account of Jesus’ Agony at Gethsemane. Thomas Schmidt identifies Jesus’ procession with the tradition of the Roman “triumphal march,” making the Gospel account a subversive commentary on the supposed divinity of the emperor. Dan Bahat concludes our exploration of the last 24 hours with his essay on Jesus’ burial place.
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