Holy Week: Wednesday

On the way to Jerusalem on Wednesday, the disciples saw the withered fig tree (Matt. 21:20-22; Mark 11:20-26). At the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus had a day of controversy with the religious leaders (Matt. 21:23-23:39; Mark 11:27-12:44; Luke 20:1-21:4). That afternoon Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and delivered the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24:1-25:46; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36). Two additional things occurred on that day: (1) Jesus predicted that in two days He would be crucified at the time of the Passover (Matt. 26:1-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2); and (2) Judas planned the betrayal of Christ with religious leaders (Matt. 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6).

[Harold W. Hoehner, Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ, 91-92]

7 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for these daily offerings, Paul. Overall, do you like Hoehner’s book? I’ve thought about getting it for a long time.

  2. I think it is a great book and really without equal on a few issues. I like it because it’s concise and very user-friendly which is not always the case with books of this nature. At the time, His research was ground-breaking and all other subsequent works have had to stand on his shoulders.

  3. Posted by Scott Christensen on March 19, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I agree. I have gone to Hoehner time after time. I’m not aware of anything else quite as good.

  4. I have Doug Bookman’s syllabus from his “Life of Christ” class. It sounds like it has much of the same information.

  5. Hoehner’s book is by light years the best there is on the subject identified in its title, with one caveat. He places the triumphal entry on Monday, simply because he is off-put by the concept of a silent day in the midst of the narrative (i.e., Wednesday, if the TE is on Sunday and the crucifixion on Friday). Three responses. 1) The silent Wednesday is actually important to the narrative, given that the conspiracy which unfolds on Thursday night took an immense measure of logistical and personal preparation, and all of that could not have begun until very late Tuesday evening (Mt 26:1,2). 2) The calculations Hoehner does concerning the day of the TE being the day long since prophecied (Dan 9) will still work; one must simply assume that the moon was sighted on the first night it was looked for on Nisan 1, 444. 3) Who ever heard of Palm Monday?

  6. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on April 29, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks Doug

  7. Doug,

    Thanks for your excellent comments here, especially “Who ever heard of Palm Monday?” I’ll bet Hoehner has heard that one a lot through the years.

    If I understand him correctly, 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).

    I have always wished that Hoehner would write an updated edition that interacts more with divergent perspectives (i.e., from his). Do you know of a more updated work along these same lines?


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