Passover, the Last Supper, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday: Digging into our Sources

So once again Holy Week has arrived. Palm Sunday was yesterday, clouded by the horrific bombings of the Christian gatherings in Egypt. Today is the 14th of the Jewish month of Nisan, with the festival of Passover beginning at sundown.  Jews around the world will gather to solemnly remember and celebrate the LORD God who brought enslaved Israel out of Egypt this night with a strong Hand (Exodus 13:9; Deut 4:7; 16:1). Hundreds of thousands of Christians will join in the celebration, convinced that the “Last Supper,” on the night Jesus was betrayed, was in fact a Passover meal, stirring a bit of controversy in some Jewish circles, see here and here.  if you would like to delve a bit deeper into the historical side of things, particularly what was going on in the year 30 CE, in Jerusalem, leading up to the night Jesus was betrayed, his crucifixion, and what followed, here is a series of posts that will take you through the week, touching on many of the mysteries and controversies this convergence of Jewish and Christian traditions and memories of Jesus’ Last Days in Jerusalem have stirred.

The Making of a Messiah: Did Jesus Claim to be the Messiah and Anticipate His Suffering and Death?

The Last Winter: A Jesus Hideout in Jordan

Last Days of Jesus: A Decisive Confrontation

Last Days of Jesus: A Final Messianic Meal

Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Passover Meal?

Jesus Died on a Thursday not a Friday

Standing Again with Jesus: Ecce Homo Revisited

Locating Golgotha

The Strange Ending of Mark and Why it Makes All the Difference

The Most Important Ten Verses of the Gospels to Read Easter Morning

What Really Happened Easter Morning?

The Surprise Ending of the Lost Gospel of Peter

How Faith in Jesus’ Resurrection Developed: An Old New Hypothesis

The Jesus Tomb Story: Does the Evidence Add Up?

 

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