Holy Week: Monday

Monday was Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt. 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19), His visit to the temple (Matt. 21:10-11; Mark 11:11), and then His return to Bethany. The day of the triumphal entry would be Nisan 10 when the lamb was selected for Passover. Hence, the triumphal entry was the day when Christ presented Himself as Israel’s Paschal lamb.

[Harold W. Hoehner, Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ, 91]

5 responses to this post.

  1. I am curious why Hoehner puts the triumphal entry on Monday and not Sunday. Any insights?

  2. Hoehner sees the events of John 12:1-11 as taking place over a two day period (Saturday/Sunday) so “the next day” mentioned in John 12:12 would seem to refer to Monday. This would also allow for the procuring of the colt which was located in another village (Luke 19:28ff).

  3. thanks.

    I had not heard that reconstruction before. Do you know if Hoehner’s books is still in print?

  4. Harmonies are not always science, there is some guess work involved and there are some passages that no one agrees on.

    Hoehner’s work summarizes passion week but it is not the primary focus of his book. He looks at the chronology of the life of Christ and is especially good at the issues surrounding Daniel’s Seventy weeks and its impact on dating certain events in His ministry.

    FYI: He takes a Friday, April 3, A.D. 33 dating for the crucifixion.

  5. Also, YES his book is still in print and available from Amazon. I have read through it every year for the past three years as I preach through Matthew. It is a very helpful and brief resource.

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