How many donkey's does Jesus ride into Jerusalem on? In Mark and Luke, Jesus instructs his disciples to go and get him a colt that had never been ridden. They do so, and put him on the colt, and he rides triumphantly into Jerusalem. Yet, in Matthew's gospel, Jesus instructs them to get two donkeys, or more precisely, a donkey, and a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Matthew 21:7 reads:
they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.
Lo, your king comes to you;Now, Matthew is supposed to be the most Jewish of the gospel writers. How then is he ignorant of the Hebrew poetry in Zechariah and how does he miss the obvious parallelism and instead weave a literal two donkeys into his narrative? Food for thought.
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
The next strange passage also comes from Matthew. Read what happens right after Jesus dies in Matthew's gospel (27:51-53):
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many.In Matthew, Jesus' death brings about a sort of ancient night of the living dead, apparently without all of the gruesome blood and death. I couldn't even find a picture depicting this scene in Matthew. So, what do you think is going on here. I would love comments.