The Triumphal Entry (March 24)

Luke 19:28-40

Comment


Luke does not mention branches as the other gospel writers do (or palm branches as in Matthew and John), but Luke does note that people laid their cloaks out before him and the disciples laid their cloaks on the colt for Jesus to ride on. Harper’s Encyclopedia of Bible Life (Madeleine S. and J. Lane Miller, New York: Harper Collins, 1996, p. 50) describes the multi-purpose cloak of New Testament times:

“Normally, the tunic was covered by a loose-fitting cloak or mantle, draped over one shoulder in the manner of a Roman toga. Most were made of heavy wool and also served as rugs to sit on and as blankets at night. (Ancient Israelites would have been as perplexed by pajamas as by underwear; they slept in the same clothes they wore during the day.).”

Reading the Scripture

Here are some ways you might read the scripture or tell the story:

•    Compare the accounts of Jesus’ Triumphal entry in all four gospels. See the Gospel Parallels from the Common English Bible (Edited by Joel B. Green and W. Gil Shin, 2012, p. 176) Available in my office. Do the differences tell us anything about Luke’s emphasis, message, or purpose?

•    Video:
o    Two video dramatizations of the Triumphal Entry of Jesus have been posted on this webpage.
o    WatchWord Bible, New Testament on DVD is available in the library. (These videos display and read the text in Contemporary English Version with background pictures, video and sound. Not exactly dramatized or all that exciting, but could be another way to read the text.)

•    Audio:
o    The Bible Experience: The Complete Bible (“presented by a stellar ensemble of today’s top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers.” Available from Keith).
o    Faith Comes by Hearing: You’ve Got the Time (Dramatized New Testament we used a few years ago during Lent. Available in the library and the church office.)

Teaching Suggestions

•    Maps, pictures, articles about Jerusalem:
o    Aerial Atlas of the Holy Land (John Bowker, Photography by Sonia Halliday and Bryan Knox, Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008), pp. 130-149.
o    Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus (Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009). Filled with illustrations and photos of Jerusalem. See pages 68-69 for a picture of the Mount of Olives. The Formations Study Guide (p. 75) mentions the importance of the Mount of Olives.
o    Maps including Jerusalem: Oxford Bible Atlas (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 146, 151.
o    Maps: Atlas of Bible Lands (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1977), B-25, B-26, B-28.
o    Bible Map Guide (Common English Bible, 2011), Maps 16, 17.

•    “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (v. 38): A YouTube video with a song by Michael W. Smith, based on this passage, is posted on this website, “Hosanna.”

•    Easter Outreach: The Formations Study Guide (p. 77) notes, “Our. . . response is to share with others what has captivated us. We cannot help ourselves! We find joy in what we see, hear, or experience, and we feel compelled to share it with others.” With Easter approaching and along with it the beautiful music and worship of that day, how can we share that with others. Be listening for a church wide Easter outreach effort. Plan, as a class, to reach out to others and invite them to be a part of the celebration of Easter.

Resources

I have set aside a shelf in the library with resources for Sunday School teachers. I will place there resources of general interest and some specifically applicable to current lessons.

•    Pictures and maps:
o    Aerial Atlas of the Holy Land (John Bowker, Photography by Sonia Halliday and Bryan Knox, Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008), pp. 130-149.
o    Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus (Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009). Filled with illustrations and photos of Jerusalem. See pages 68-69 for a picture of the Mount of Olives.
o    Maps including Jerusalem: Oxford Bible Atlas (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 146, 151.
o    Maps: Atlas of Bible Lands (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1977), B-25, B-26, B-28.
o    Bible Map Guide (Common English Bible, 2011), Maps 16, 17.

•    For additional commentary on the text see these commentaries in our library:
o    Mercer Commentary on the Bible (Mercer University Press, 1995)
o    Harper’s Bible Commentary (Harper & Row, 1988)