As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her.
There were also a good number of institutions of mercy, as they were called: ten hospitals, which often had schools for nursing; twenty-four homes for the aged; six hospices; ten homes for children, including the remarkable Bethphage Mission of Axtell, Nebraska, for which we, the children of Augustana, sold Crimson Hearts.
In this case we will suppose that some followers of Jesus, on their own initiative, commandeered a donkey in Bethphage in the name of Jesus the royal pretender and brought it for him to ride on as he entered Jerusalem.
Arguing that we really do not have a very much deeper knowledge of the geography of Jerusalem and its environs than had Dalman, he follows him in claiming that Bethphage never existed as a village and in doubting also the existence of Bethany; Mark uses both place-names symbolically as he does the crown of thorns.
Bethphage has hired Andrew Strong as its new CEO, replacing outgoing CEO Rob Tovey who is joining the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after helding the role for ten years.
Strong will assume the role from 10 November 2014 and is presently serving as an area operations director (West Mercia) for the British Red Cross and brings his vast experience of providing CQC-registered ambulance and patient transport, first aid and humanity education, and support-at-home services for people in crisis, to Bethphage.
I am delighted to be appointed as Bethphage s new CEO and I can t wait to start in November.