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katapi HOME The Crucifixion of Jesus - Mt.27.32-44  Mk.15.21-32  Lk.23.26-43  Jn.19.17-27   | NEB Books | notes

Matthew: 27
32On their way out they met a man from Cyrene, Simon by name, and pressed him into service to carry his cross.
33So they came to a place called Golgotha (which means 'Place of a skull') 34and there they offered him a draught of wine mixed with gall; but when he had tasted it he would not drink.
35After fastening him to the cross they divided his clothes among them by casting lots, 36and then sat down there to keep watch. 37Over his head was placed the inscription giving the charge: 'This is Jesus the king of the Jews.'
38Two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and the other on his left.
39The passers-by hurled abuse at him: they wagged their heads 40and cried, 'You would pull the temple down, would you, and build it in three days? Come down from the cross and save yourself, if you are indeed the Son of God.' 41So too the chief priests with the lawyers and elders mocked at him: 42'He saved others,' they said, 'but he cannot save himself. King of Israel, indeed! Let him come down now from the cross, and then we will believe him. 43Did he trust in God? Let God rescue him, if he wants him—for he said he was God's Son.' 44Even the bandits who were crucified with him taunted him in the same way.

Mark: 15
21THEN THEY TOOK HIM OUT to crucify him. A man called Simon, from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they pressed him into service to carry his cross.
22They brought him to the place called Golgotha, which means 'Place of a skull'. 23He was offered drugged wine, but he would not take it. 24Then they fastened him to the cross. They divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should have. 25The hour of the crucifixion was nine in the morning, 26and the inscription giving the charge against him read, 'The king of the Jews.' 27Two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and the other on his left." [Some witnesses add: Thus that text of Scripture came true which says, 'He was reckoned among the criminals.'] 28[Some manuscripts add (v.28): Thus that text of Scripture came true which says, 'He was reckoned among criminals.']
29The passers-by hurled abuse at him: 'Aha!' they cried, wagging their heads, 'you would pull the temple down, would you, and build it in three days? 30Come down from the cross and save yourself!' 31So too the chief priests and the doctors of the law jested with one another: 'He saved others,' they said, 'but he cannot save himself. 32Let the Messiah, the king of Israel, come down now from the cross. If we see that, we shall believe.' Even those who were crucified with him taunted him.

Luke: 23
26AS THEY LED HIM AWAY to execution they seized upon a man called Simon, from Cyrene, on his way in from the country, put the cross on his back, and made him walk behind Jesus carrying it.
27Great numbers of people followed, many women among them, who mourned and lamented over him. 28Jesus turned to them and said, 'Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; no, weep for yourselves and your children. 29For the days are surely coming when they will say, "Happy are the barren, the wombs that never bore a child, the breasts that never fed one." 30Then they will start saying to the mountains, "Fall on us", and to the hills, "Cover us." 31For if these things are done when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?'
32There were two others with him, criminals who were being led away to execution; 33and when they reached the place called The Skull, they crucified him there, and the criminals with him, one on his right and the other on his left. 34Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.' [Some witnesses omit: Jesus said, 'Father ... doing.' ]

They divided his clothes among them by casting lots. 35The people stood looking on, and their rulers jeered at him: 'He saved others: now let him save himself, if this is God's Messiah, his Chosen.' 36The soldiers joined in the mockery and came forward offering him their sour wine. 37'If you are the king of the Jews,' they said, 'save yourself.' 38There was an inscription above his head which ran: 'This is the king of the Jews.'
39One of the criminals who hung there with him taunted him: 'Are not you the Messiah? Save yourself, and us.' 40But the other rebuked him: 'Have you no fear of God? You are under the same sentence as he. 41For us it is plain justice; we are paying the price for our misdeeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.' 42And he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come to your throne.' [Some witnesses read: come in royal power.] 43He answered, 'I tell you this: today you shall be with me in Paradise.'


John: 19
17JESUS WAS NOW TAKEN in charge and, carrying his own cross, went out to the Place of the Skull, as it is called (or, in the Jews' language, 'Golgotha'), 18where they crucified him, and with him two others, one on the right, one on the left, and Jesus between them.
19And Pilate wrote an inscription to be fastened to the cross; it read, 'Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews.' 20This inscription was read by many Jews, because the place where Jesus was crucified was not far from the city, and the inscription was in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. 21Then the Jewish chief priests said to Pilate, 'You should not write "King of the Jews"; write, "He claimed to be king of the Jews." ' 22Pilate replied, 'What I have written, I have written.'
23The soldiers, having crucified Jesus, took possession of his clothes, and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier, leaving out the tunic. The tunic was seamless, woven in one piece throughout; 24so they said to one another, 'We must not tear this; let us toss for it'; and thus the text of Scripture came true: 'They shared my garments among them, and cast lots for my clothing.'
25That is what the soldiers did. But meanwhile near the cross where Jesus hung stood his mother, with her sister, Mary wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. 26Jesus saw his mother, with the disciple whom he loved standing beside her. He said to her, 'Mother, there is your son'; 27and to the disciple, 'There is your mother'; and from that moment the disciple took her into his home.

Notes: The most generally known harmonies of the Gospels are based upon the Huck-Lietzmann Synopsis (1936) of the three gospels and Sparks' Synopsis (1964) of four gospels. Many of the passages in these harmonies are too short to display in a useful manner on a web-page.
The katapi New Study Bible Synopsis of the Gospels is based upon the headings displayed in the New Study Bible reference table which in turn follows the headings printed in the United Bible Societies' New Testament in Greek. These sections are more useful for bible study. Columns are arranged so that the first column is your chosen heading from the bible passage list (highlighted). The harmonies that follow across the web-page are then in the normally accepted order.
For Old Testament references quoted by New Testament authors, you should either go back to the passage listing web-page and select the link on the 'version' column; or click on the column heading and search through the chapter for the relevant passage; than select the OT passage from the reference column.

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