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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Holy Thursday Post: Was the Last Supper a Passover Meal?

One of the primary reasons it took me almost ten years to write Jesus and the Last Supper (Eerdmans, 2015), is because it took time to work through the complex debate over the date of the Last Supper.

Was the Last Supper a Jewish Passover meal? Or was it celebrated 24 hours in advance? Do John and the Synoptic Gospels contain different chronologies of the death of Jesus?

Here's an interview that I did for this year's celebration of Passover that gives an overview of some of my findings.

And to all those who celebrate, best wishes for a sacred Triduum.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Dr. Pitre. I’ve enjoyed both the interview here and your book too. So thanks! A quick question if I may: do you discuss anywhere (apologies if I missed it) the exact ‘uncleanness’ (μιαινω) that would have resulted from entering Pilate’s quarters (John 18.28). If the Jewish leaders had already eaten the Passover, and if the uncleanness in question ‘wore off’ at nightfall (e.g., Lev. 11.24, etc.), then what was the problem? Did the Jewish leaders have in mind, for instance, bringing the sacrifice (חגיגה in your view, right?) to the Temple?

    James Bejon.