A Week in Jerusalem

Crucifixion by Marc Chagall

“To be wounded means also to have the healing power activated in us…Without being wounded we would never meet this healing power. In fact, the very purpose of being wounded may be to be shown the healing power in us.” (C.G. Jung)

“Begin by listening to “The Lord’s Prayer” by Charles Gounod. Here is one link you can use:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8jImIjg4UY

Mark 11:1-11 and Parallels (Bible Hub Parallels, pg. 140)


What may have brought Jesus to Jerusalem? List all the possibilities you can think of.

Which of his teachings is he living out?

What does he expect to find?

What are the difference in the three gospels in Mk.11:9-10 and parallels.

What is the common phrase in all three?

This comes from Ps 118:25-26. What does it mean in this context?

Obviously the focus of the people is on Jesus, but what is the nature of the focus? What were the people saying?

What does Mt. 21:10-11 add?)

How does this square with the previous paragraph?

Why might this have come about?

What do you think was the expectation of the people?

What do the pharisees say to Jesus Lk.19:39?

What does this suggest?

What is Jesus’ response to them in Lk.19:40?

Which says what?

How is this different from previous responses of Jesus on the subject of who he is?

What are the possibilities for this changes?

Mark 11:15-19 and Parallels (Bible Hub Parallels, pg. 141)


How would you describe what Jesus is doing?

What is motivating his action?

What is he doing?

If he is acting in anger, what is its primary source?

What gives Jesus authority to do this? 

Matthew 23:1-39 and Parallels (Bible Hub Parallels, pg. 149)


What, in general, is Jesus saying in this section?

To whom is he speaking?

How does each paragraph start?

What is your picture of Jesus here?

What is a hypocrite?

Look over the various criticisms; which one jumps out at you? (your personal choice)

With which, if any, do you disagree? (your personal choice)

Mark 14:12-16 (Bible Hub Parallels, pg. 156)


In Mk. v.13, what is unusual about this picture?

Mark 14:22-25 (Bible Hub Parallels, pg. 160)


PLUS Lk. 22:16 — And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I tell you I shall not eat it[a] until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

Bread and wine are important symbols in other cultures, too.  Why?

What do we know about the Passover meal? Note: Passover is the participation in the formation of a nation through God’s acts in history via myth.

Where is the first reference to eating or bread in Lk? 

List all the references to eating or bread in Lk.

Where is the first reference to drinking, wine or cup in Lk?

List all the references to drinking, wine or cup in Lk.

Note the duplication; there are two accounts. All follow Doc. Mk., but Lk. has his own account as well in vv. 16-17 (Doc.L).

Note the similarity of Lk, v.19-20 with 1 Cor.11:23-25, particularly the “do this in remembrance of me”.  What does this suggest about Lk’s source?

Compare Lk’s first account (vv.17-18) with Mt/Mk. What is major difference?

Which is original? Why?

In Lk’s first account, what would be really shocking to a Jew?

If he didn’t partake, why not?

What do the “until”s mean? Rephrase the statements, using alternate words you previously listed for God and kingdom.

What happens to the bread and wine in the Doc. Mk version?

Why was the body/blood myth attached to Jesus?

Another mythic movement is the notion of ingesting God. What does it mean to ingest God?

How might these symbols be expanded for us, knowing Jesus did not participate in the meal?

Mark 14:32-42  (Bible Hub Parallels, pg. 164)


Where has Jesus gone in this section?

What do you see from Gethsemane?

Who has Jesus taken with him?

How do you envision how they were placed?

What options are open now that are not open at the end of this section?

What must Jesus consider?

What is not an option for Jesus?

How is Jesus feeling in Mk.14:32-34?

What does he ask of the disciples? Why?

What does Jesus pray in Mk, v. 35 in your own words?

In the prayer in Mk, v. 36:

What is the nature of the form of address?

Write the prayer in the words of child. 

We looked at various Old Testament images of God early in the study. Which one do you see here?

What does Jesus ask?  Write the prayer in words you would use in the circumstances.

What does Jesus say about will?

What is Jesus including that might cloud the last bit of clarity he needs about his own will?

Meanwhile, what are the disciples doing?

What is going on in them, recognising sleep is often a form of escape?

What image of Jesus do they have that keeps them from staying awake?

What struggles with value put you to sleep?

What are the forms that sleepiness takes in our society?

For you what assumption or image do your bring that might put you to sleep? 

What happens at the end of this section?

Mark 14:43-46 (Bible Hub Parallels, pg. 165)


Why does the betrayal come from the inner circle?

Mark 14:53-65 (Bible Hub Parallels, pg. 167)


What is the question put to Jesus?

What does the High Priest want to know?

What will the Messiah bring?

The Messiah image is the longing for what?

What are the options for Jesus’ answer?

What is his answer in Mk? In Mt.?

What does he go on to talk about?

What qualities does the Son of Man have here? 

What do clouds allude to?

In Mk. 13:26-27 and Parallels: And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. 

What is the Son of Man to do?

In Mt. 13:40-43 — Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. 41 The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

What are the attributes of the Son of Man?

What are the other qualities of the Son of Man we have studied?

Compare these with the apocalyptic images; which is more likely from Jesus? 

What is the major difference between Mt. & Mk?

 What are all the possible reasons?

How does Lk 22:67-68 help?

Mark 15:2 and Parallels (Bible Hub Parallels, pg. 171)


What is the question?

 What is the answer?

How does Pilate hear his answer?

During the two trials, (Bible Hub Parallels, pg. 167 & 171), how many times is the question asked?

How many times has he said ‘yes’?

What do you think he said?

What is he not saying?

Why doesn’t Jesus answer the question?

What are the possible answers Jesus might harbour unspoken?

Which do you think is his answer?

With his answers, how has he left the image of the messiah/Christ in the minds of others?

Matthew26:69-75 and Parallels?  (Bible Hub Parallels, pg.168)


What is Peter doing in Mt.26:69-75

What is the difference in Peter’s three responses?

What is going on in Peter?

Why did Peter weep in Mt.26:75?

Mime: Who is Peter in you?  

Mark 15:20-23 and Parallels (Bible Hub Parallels, pg.175)


Who is there?

Who is conspicuous due to absence?

Where are they?  Why?

What does it mean to you that the women were there?

How would you describe the situation from Jesus’ perspective?

What is he losing?

What is God losing?

What is the situation for the messianic longing?

What might the symbol of the cross meant for Jesus?

Which of Jesus’ teachings is most responsible for his death?

Mark 15: 24-41 and Parallels (Bible Hub Parallels, pg.176 & 1)




Where do words of Jesus appear in this section?

In Lk. v.34, how does the use of ‘forgiveness’ differ from other places in the gospels?

How is, “they know not” related to this difference?

In Lk v.46, what did Jesus mean? Is it historical?

When did he commend his spirit to God?

In Mk.15:34, what is going on in Jesus?

A literal translation of the Aramaic can be, “Why have you made me so complex, so confused?” What does this add?

In Mk. 15:33, for whom was the darkness?

Who killed Jesus?

What does Mk. 15:38 and parallels remind you of that we’ve seen before?

What does it symbolise?

Where is the messianic longing now in relationship to Jesus? 

In Lk. J, what were the centurion’s words?

What is he saying?

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