What Really Happened at Gethsemane?

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

in Keys to Jerusalem

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199642021
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738555 | DOI:
What Really Happened at Gethsemane?

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The prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane is one of the most soul-wrenching episodes in the Gospels. If the Transfiguration presents Jesus at his highest, here we see him at his lowest. The story of Jesus' struggle in Gethsemane is told in Matthew 26:36–46, Mark 14:32–42, and Luke 22:39–46. The dominant hypothesis concerning the relationships between Matthew, Mark, and Luke claims that when an episode is narrated by all three Gospels Mark is the source, whereas an episode found only in Matthew and Luke goes back to another source called Q. This chapter suggests that if we are to discover what really happened in the garden (John 18:1) of Gethsemane we have to focus on Mark's narrative. It is characterized above all by doublets.

Keywords: Jesus; prayer; Gethsemane; gospels; Matthew; Mark; Luke; doublets

Chapter.  13693 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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