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Mark 11:11

ESV And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
NIV Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
NASB And Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple area; and after looking around at everything, He left for Bethany with the twelve, since it was already late.
CSB He went into Jerusalem and into the temple. After looking around at everything, since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
NLT So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples.
KJV And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

What does Mark 11:11 mean?

The Greek literally says, "And he entered into Jerusalem into the temple." This gives us a hint of which gate Jesus entered. The East Gate, or Susa Gate, allows travelers to walk down the Mount of Olives, cross the Kidron Valley, and enter Jerusalem at the Temple Mount. Around AD 1600 , Muslim Ottoman Turks put a cemetery in front of the gate and sealed the gate itself, believing this would stop the prophesied Jewish Messiah from entering it. But God had already told Ezekiel that the gate would be shut because "the LORD, the God if Israel, has entered by it" (Ezekiel 44:1–3; see also Ezekiel 43:1–5).

"Looked around" is from the Greek root word periblepō. Jesus doesn't gawk at the magnificent temple; He inspects the area critically. The very next morning He cleanses the temple court, disrupting the money-changers and merchants who fill the Court of the Gentiles. In this verse, it's possible He's looking at the closed booths ready for business the next day.

Despite the excitement of the crowds as they approached the temple mount, it is safer if Jesus leaves before nightfall. He spends every day in the temple, preaching, and every night on the Mount of Olives (Luke 21:37–38), somewhat removed from the Jewish leaders who wish Him dead.

Scholars have tried to determine the precise order of events during Passion Week, but they face a difficult task. The writers, as was tradition in their culture, habitually group events by theme, rather than strict chronology. None of the synoptic Gospels record every event, and Matthew and Luke are not so specific as to what happened which day.

The day Jesus and the disciples reach the area, six days before the Passover, they have dinner with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (John 12:1–8). The next day is the triumphal entry (John 12:12–19). We don't know if it is this evening or the next morning that Jesus weeps over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41–44). We do know that the following morning, Jesus curses the fig tree on His way back to the temple (Mark 11:12–14; Matthew 21:18–19), and then cleanses the temple (Mark 11:15–19; Matthew 21:12–13) and heals people (Matthew 21:14–17). The morning after that, Peter notices that the fig tree is withered (Mark 11:20–25), an event that Matthew includes with the original curse (Matthew 21:20–22). Apparently the same day the tree appears withered, Jewish religious leaders challenge Jesus' authority (Mark 11:27–33; Matthew 21:23–27; Luke 20:1–8). Jesus then makes a habit of going to the temple courtyard every day to teach.
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