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Wheat ripens in May, suggesting it was May when the disciples were plucking ears of grain soon after the beginning of Jesus' public mission (Mark 2:23). On this evidence, Jesus began his public mission around the time of the Passover, and of course his crucifixion took place at the time of the Passover. We can know the period of Jesus' public ministry if we ...


The first three gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) are sometimes known as the "synoptic" gospels because by laying them in parallel and reading them synoptically ('with the same eye') in the original Greek language, it can readily be seen that there is a literary relationship among them. Scholars have established that Matthew and Luke were substantially ...

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