16 March 2008
Palm Sunday verses
 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
Note that though Matthew tells us that Jesus' admirers cut down "branches," it doesn't specify that they were palm fronds.
John tells us they were palm trees.
Aside from that, though, I enjoy Matthew's telling. John just says that Jesus "found a yung donkey" to fulfill an old prophecy. John's account lacks the magisterial "The Lord hath need of them." Also John's story economizes -- mentioning only one beast of burden. Matthew has Jesus requisitioning two.
Enjoy Holy Week.
Knowledge is warranted belief -- it is the body of belief that we build up because, while living in this world, we've developed good reasons for believing it. What we know, then, is what works -- and it is, necessarily, what has worked for us, each of us individually, as a first approximation. For my other blog, on the struggles for control in the corporate suites, see www.proxypartisans.blogspot.com.