"On what did Jesus ride into Jerusalem?" (Alleged Contradiction #E6830)
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 they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written …
See also: Luke 19:35
There are a couple of possibilities:
- Jesus simply sat on a colt.
A colt can also be described as an ass, just like a kitten can be described as a cat (albeit a baby). The prophecy quoted in Matthew may be using poetic parallelism, describing a single creature as “an ass” and “a colt the foal of an ass,” which certainly could describe the same creature.
- Jesus sat on an ass with its colt.
It is possible that Jesus used both animals to ride into Jerusalem: the mother and the colt.
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