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Jesus sends disciples to get a donkey
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The term used to refer to Jesus’ climactic arrival in Jerusalem, which is recounted primarily in the New Testament Gospels (see Matt 21:1–11; Mark 11:1–11; Luke 19:28–40; John 12:12–19). In the narrative flow of the Gospels, the triumphal entry stands at the beginning of the Passion Narrative, which recounts the series of events during the last week of Jesus’ ministry leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Triumphal Entry
Triumphal Entry The term used to refer to Jesus’ climactic arrival in Jerusalem, which is recounted primarily in the New Testament Gospels (see Matt 21:1–11; Mark 11:1–11; Luke 19:28–40; John 12:12–19). In the narrative flow of the Gospels, the triumphal entry stands at the beginning of the Passion Narrative,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Colt; Foal
Colt; Foal [Heb. ‘ayir, bēn; Gk. pṓlos, huiós]; NEB also YOUNG (Gen. 32:15; Zec. 9:9); The AV has “ass colt” for ‘ayir in Jgs. 10:4; 12:14 (RSV and NEB “ass”); cf. also Isa. 30:6, 24; Jn. 12:14. Since horses are seldom mentioned in the Bible, only in connection with royal equipages and armies, “colt”
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Triumphal Entry
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY* A term that denotes Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, where the multitudes welcomed him and hailed him as Son of David, King of the Jews. Ironically, this event occurred just a few days prior to his betrayal, arrest, trial, and crucifixion.See also Jesus Christ (The Final Days in
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Triumphal Entry
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY. The entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem which commenced His passion week. Each Gospel writer records the event (Mt 21:1–11; Mk 11:1–11; Lk 19:28–44; Jn 12:12–19). Two perspectives of the event are given. The Synoptic writers follow Christ from Bethany, while John records the entry as the
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Triumphal Entry
Triumphal entryThe formal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at a climactic point in his life is recorded by all four Evangelists (Mt 21:1–11; Mk 11:1–11; Lk 19:28–40; Jn 12:12–19). Accordingly, the essential historicity of the portrayal of Jesus coming into Jerusalem at a time of festal celebration (perhaps
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Foal
FOAL - the young offspring of a donkey-the animal on which Jesus rode in His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. By riding such a lowly animal, Jesus entered the city not as a conquering hero but as the Prince of Peace bearing the good news of a spiritual kingdom (Matt. 21:5).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
COLT; FOAL
COLT; FOAL<kolt> ([עַיִר‎, ̀ayir], [בֶּן‎, ben]; [πω̂λος, polos], [υἱός, huios], with some word such as [ὑποζυγίου, hupozugiou], understood; huios alone = “son”): The English words “colt” and “foal” are used in the Bible of the ass everywhere except in Genesis 32:15, where the word “colt”
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Entry Into Jerusalem
ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM.—This was one of the acted parables of Jesus, in which some immortal lesson is concealed. The washing of the feet, the entry, and the cleansing of the Temple, stand together as dramatic representations of the principles and ideas of the Kingdom of God; of the humility and self-denial
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Colt
COLT Young of various riding animals. Modern understanding is that of a young male horse, but in the sixteenth century, the range of meaning was broader. 1. Young camels (Gen. 32:15), noted by the Hebrew term for “sons.” 2. Young donkeys (Gen. 49:11), also “son” in Hebrew (cp. Judg. 10:4; 12:14, where
Triumphal Entry
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY Term used for the entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem on the Sunday prior to His crucifixion. Due to the fact that palm branches were placed before Him, this day is often called “Palm Sunday.” The event is recorded in Matt. 21:1–9; Mark 11:1–10; Luke 19:28–38; John 12:12–15. All
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Colt
Jesus rode the young colt of a donkey during his triumphal entry into Jerusalem in order to fulfill the prophecy of Zech. 9:9.coltThe English term colt (Heb. ʿayir H6555; Gk. pōlos G4798) is normally applied only to a young male horse, but Bible versions use it several times with reference to a young
Key passages
Mt 21:1–5

And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village before you, and right away you will find a donkey tied and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. And if anyone …

Mk 11:1–3

And when they came near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village before you, and right away as you enter into it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring …

Lk 19:29–31

And it happened that when he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, to the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village in front of you, in which as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no person has ever sat, and untie it and bring …