In the Passion tradition of the Petrine Christians, 14:1-25,

Hamburg, City Hall
Hamburg, City Hall

the climax and conclusion of Jesus’ ministry among the disciples are shaped. The loss of Jesus’ sovereignty continues here. He is less and less master of the events.

The plan of the high priests takes shape, 14:1-2. At the anointing in Bethany Jesus is more object than acting subject, 14:3-9. The betrayal of Judas, 10-11, sets the divine plan of salvation in motion, which Jesus does not want to oppose.

The Lord’s Supper with the Twelve, 14:12-25, is the climax of Jesus’ activity among the disciples, but also the last pericope in which the disciples hold to Jesus.

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