Study Guide For Biblical References

Where do we find out about Jesus in the Bible? The New Testament has twenty-seven books, but only four of them tell about the life of Jesus Christ. These books are named Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They are called the Gospels, which means “good news”.

Of these four books only two give accounts of the birth and early life of Jesus: Matthew and Luke. Matthew tells about the Wise Men and the Escape into Egypt. If you read the first chapter of Matthew, starting at the 18th verse and read from there through Chapter Two you will have read Matthew’s whole account of these events. Luke tells us about the shepherds and the angels and the heavenly host. Read Chapter 2 of Luke for this beautiful story. Also in Chapter 2, Luke gives the only account we have of Jesus’ childhood. This is when Jesus went with his parents to Jerusalem when he was twelve.
The story of Jesus’ disciples going for the donkey for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem is told in Mark 11: 1-11. All of these versions are featured in The Donkeys’ Tales.

In The Donkey’s Easter Tale, we read about the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. These accounts are in all of the Gospels. To read them – or have them read to you – go to Matthew, Chapters 26, 27 and 28; Mark, Chapters 14, 15 and 16; Luke, Chapters 22, 23 and 24; and John, Chapters 18, 19 and 20.

Did you know that the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed before he was arrested is still there in Jerusalem, and that the olive trees in the garden have been there for 2,000 years? They may have been there when Jesus prayed! Also in Jerusalem the street Jesus walked on the way to his Crucifixion is marked, and Christians from around the world go there and follow the path all the way to the place where Jesus was crucified. This path is called the Via Dolorosa, which is Latin for “Way of Suffering”. Gethsemane and the Via Dolorosa are pictured in The Donkey’s Easter Tale.