Q. You chose to focus mainly on the Matthean account of the beginning of Passion Week. Why that account mainly? You highlight as well the tensions during Festival times for the rulers, including both the Jewish authorities and the Roman governor, due to the huge crowds present. Why do you think Jesus chose Passover, rather than Sukkot as the time to make his grand entry into the city? Is it because this was the biggest of the festivals, or perhaps the one most associated with sacrifice— the Passover lambs? Some have suggested that the pilgrims Jesus entered with were quite naturally singing the Hallel Psalms from near the end of the Psalter, and did not realize the relevance of those songs as applied to Jesus in the way the Gospel writers do. Is this ironic, and maybe based in what actually happened? Why do you suppose Jesus chose a donkey (ala Zechariah) rather than a war horse to ride into town on?
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