Apsis mosaic of Santa Pudenziana

What did Jesus look like?

Everyone knows what Jesus looks like: he is the most painted figure in all of western art, recognized everywhere as having long hair and a beard, a long robe with sleeves (often white) and a mantle (often blue). But what did he really look like, as a man living in Judaea in the 1st […]

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Samaritan family sharing Passover sacrifice, ca. 1900-1920, Matson Collection, Library of Congress.

Jesus’s Passover

By: Dr. James F. Strange, University of South Florida Professor  Passover in Exodus 12-13 was a family ritual, but in Jesus’s day it had developed into a national pilgrimage holiday centered in Jerusalem. Practices that were found at first in the family had become more institutionalized in Jesus’s day, with priests managing thousands of sacrifices in […]

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Ossuary of the high priest Joseph Caiaphas, Israel Museum.

Passover as Jesus Knew it

By: Helen K Bond Jerusalem in the 30s CE was in a frequent state of heightened political and religious tension, no time more so than at the great religious festivals. Passover was particularly hazardous, with tens of thousands of pilgrims flocking to the holy city not only from Palestine but from all over the Jewish […]

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. Leaf from the John Rylands Haggadah, created in Spain in the mid-14th century, showing the preparation and celebration of the Passover seder.

The Passover and Jesus

By: Adela Yarbro Collins Professor at Yale Divinity School We actually know very little about how the Passover was celebrated at the time of Jesus. According to the Mishnah, the Hallel (Psalms 113-118) was sung by the Levites at the sacrifices in the temple on important festival days. It was taken over early into the […]

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1. Spring wildflowers in the Jerusalem forest. 
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The Last Passover of Jesus

By: James H. Charlesworth George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary In the Spring, Passover is time for reflective celebration. The great festival is also time for joyous expectation, as humans relish in the return of warm sunshine and blooming […]

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