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John 11:55

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11:55 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 1  was near, and many people went up to Jerusalem 2  from the rural areas before the Passover to cleanse themselves ritually. 3 

1 tn Grk “the Passover of the Jews.” This is the final Passover of Jesus’ ministry. The author is now on the eve of the week of the Passion. Some time prior to the feast itself, Jerusalem would be crowded with pilgrims from the surrounding districts (ἐκ τῆς χώρας, ek th" cwra") who had come to purify themselves ceremonially before the feast.

2 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

3 tn Or “to purify themselves” (to undergo or carry out ceremonial cleansing before participating in the Passover celebration).



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