Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph

Questions for Bible study groups

  1. What was the significance of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at Passover?
  2. Which of the paintings below appeals to you most? Why?
  3. Which painting gives the truest image of what actually happened that day in Jerusalem?

Jesus of Nazareth entered Jerusalem riding on a young colt – King David had done the same a thousand years earlier. Jesus was greeted by wildly enthusiastic crowds waving palm fronds, another symbol of royalty. Did anyone stop to wonder what the Roman authorities would think, or how they would react?

Entry into Jerusalem, Giotto

Entry into Jerusalem, Giotto

Entry into Jerusalem, Hippolyte Flandrin, 1842

Entry into Jerusalem, Hippolyte Flandrin, 1842

Entry into Jerusalem, Pedro de Orrente

Entry into Jerusalem, Pedro de Orrente

Entry into Jerusalem, the Assisi frescoes

Entry into Jerusalem, the Assisi frescoes

Entry into Jerusalem, Master of San Baudelio de Berlanga, 1125

Entry into Jerusalem, Master of San Baudelio de Berlanga, 1125

Entry into Jerusalem, Cristoforo da Bologna

Entry into Jerusalem, Cristoforo da Bologna

Entry into Jerusalem, Armadio degli Argenti

Entry into Jerusalem, Armadio degli Argenti

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