By Jonah Doctura | 2017
Passover is a spring festival which during the existence of the Jerusalem Temple was connected to the offering of the "first-fruits of the barley", barley being the first grain to ripen and to be harvested in the Land of Israel. Passover is indeed one of the most widely observed holidays by the Jews.
This being the case, it should not be surprising that the Festival of Passover would be used at the backdrop for interpreting the key events in Yeshua's First Coming. In this study, we will discover the truth behind the several conflicts within the Gospel accounts of the final days of Yeshua´s life.
Census of Quirinius. The Jewish historian Josephus portrays the annexation and census as the cause of an uprising which later became identified with the Zealot movement. The author of the Gospel of Luke uses it as the narrative means by which Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-5), and places the census within the reign of Herod the Great, who actually died 10 years earlier in 4 BCE.
Matthew 22 and the traps of the religious groups. The goal of the parties is to trap Yeshua by asking him about different topics such as the Roman tax, Resurrection and the life after death, what is the Greatest Commandment and who is son the Messiah of.
The Mix-up of views spices it all. Since Joseph and Nicodemus took the body of Yeshua and wound it in linen cloths with spices according to Jewish custom (Jn.19:40) - So, why did Mary and the women also prepare spices and when was this actually done?
He that is hanged is accursed by G-D. John 19:31 in token, that now the guilt being removed, the law was satisfied, as it was when the malefactors had hanged till sun-set: it demanded no more. Then he, and those that are his, ceased to be a curse.
Three days and three nights. This apparent conflict only surfaces because of the church tradition.
The Church assume that the Shabbat to which the Scriptures were referring was the seventh day Shabbat, hence Yeshua would have been crucified and died in fact on a Friday.
Visitors at the Tomb. Matthews utilizes a word which tells us [readers] that it was very early in the morning, just prior to dawn. It should be pointed out that in Jerusalem during this time of year, one can begin to see the darkness lessen well before 5:00 am.
Who removed the stone? A common error translators and interpreters make in regard to this passage, is assuming that the angel responded to the women with the words "you shall not fear" because of the earthquake which had just witnessed. This is not the case. The fear was due to seeing the angel.
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