#palmsunday #GospelofJohn #greeknewtestament #bibletrivia
Lets face it Easter in its current state is a horrid muddle or folk pagan seculary myths and commericalizations and a few actual Christian traditions. However it is PALM SUNDAY
We don't know the exact date but have a statement by John 12:1 it was 6 days before Passover.
Bear in mind for centuries in Europe Sundays were one of the few days off people had from work.
John is also the only Gospel writer who clearly states cut branches of date palms were used.
John 12:13 baia toon phoinikoon "Phoenician" palm branches ... the date palm.
Matthew 21:8 says cut branches ekopton klados
Mark 11:8 uses stibados kopsantes which could also be rushes grasses or other plants
Luke 19 only mentions clothes.
Now in some countries where date or other palm branches are not available different spring plants are used but many churches try to ship in date palm branches for authenticity.
While there was other palm species the date palm was the most common in the first century and this century.
Possibly John stresses the use of date palms because they were a scared symbol throughout the Middle East and linked to royalty.
You might want to read down to verse 16 where John says that the disciples did not understand egnoosan this as first to prooton but later remembered the events though Johns reference to things that had been written makes me wonder if he was thinking of not just Old testament prophecy but also Marks gospel which may have been written before John's. Or some kind of protogospel was circulating and various people were creating their own versions. Of the four gospel writers Mark and Luke were not eyewitnesses but Matthew and John would have been there.
So John is our witness that the branches were palms and hence Palm Sunday!
Next week since its Easter some GREEK Byzantine Christian art though a goddess NOT Ostara may make an appearance in the mid week post!