3702Re: [Synoptic-L] Re: The Four-gospel-collection
- Feb 4, 2000Your argument that Jesus was crucified during the week of Sukkoth,
rather than Pesach, is interesting. I have never thought about the
detail of the upper room in that way.
Of course, the view that the Triumphal Entry happened during Sukkoth is
not new. (As everyone notes, Marks time indicators, from which our
notion of a Passion Week is derived, come from his hand.) It has been
argued by a number of scholars already.
Yet, I dont think anyone has given the argument for a Sukkoth dating
the attention it really deserves, and a couple of more supports could be
added to the argument.
First, recent studies have emphasized that Sukkoth was primarily a
celebration of the Temple. (See esp. Hakan Ulfgard, *The Story of
Sukkot*.) This brings an added dimension to Jesus comments directed
against the Temple.
Secondly, I dont think that Peters outburst at the Transfiguration has
been properly interpreted. Those scholars who have interpreted Peters
words in the light of Sukkoth have unfortunately tended to combine it
with other details of the story, and have only posited a general Sukkoth
imagery lies behind the account. This, I think, is a
misinterpretation. Peters reference to booths is a chronological
indicator: the forthcoming journey to Jerusalem had the celebration of
Sukkoth as its (immediate) purpose. The Transfiguration is the last
thing that happened in Galilee before Jesus and the disciples made for
Jerusalem. Peters comment, Lord, let us make three booths here, was
a lastditch effort to dissuade Jesus from going to Jerusalem, *where he
was going to celebrate Sukkoth*.
John C. Poirier
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