The people of Samaria were now also caught up in the general euphoria and joined in the enthusiastic celebration of Jesus

Jerusalem, view from Mount of Olives
Jerusalem, view from Mount of Olives

as Messiah. Jesus made a triumphal progress through Samaria, starting in Caesarea Philippi and ending at the holy mountain Gerizim in Samaria. The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem give an example of the enthusiasm with which the crowds greeted him.

The synoptic Gospels Matthew, Mark and Luke compress the whole story of Jesus into one year: the year between Jesus being proclaimed as Messiah in 35 AD and his execution in the spring of 36 AD. However, this year was preceded by a long period where Jesus worked as governor of Galilee.

The Absalom narrative in 2 Sam. 15ff, the oldest account of Jesus’ triumphal progress, mentions a cleverly planned rebellion. Whether this was really a rebellion is doubtful, however, and the topic will yield plenty of material for further discussions. Ant. 18.4.1; Mark 11:1-10 par.; 2 Sam. 15; 1 Kings 13:23ff.

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