Continued Activity in and Near Jerusalem and Other Areas of Judea

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John 10:22 starts a new narrative about another confrontation Jesus faced, which occurred at the Festival of Dedication (Hanukkah), about two months after the Festival of Tabernacles. During the intervening period, Jesus’ activity appears to have continued in and near Jerusalem and in other areas of Judea.

Luke 10:1-13:21 seems to relate events taking place during this intervening period. According to Luke 9:51-53, Jesus and his disciples passed through Samaria on their way to Jerusalem. The next location mentioned in the account is the home of Martha and Mary, which was located in Bethany. This village was about two miles from Jerusalem. (Luke 10:38, 39; John 11:18) Then, in Luke 13:22, it is stated that Jesus was again on his way to Jerusalem, which seems to have been for the Festival of Dedication mentioned in John 10:22. If the narrative in Luke follows a chronological order, this would place the events related in Luke 10:1-13:21 between the Festival of Tabernacles and the Festival of Dedication, provided that the two trips to Jerusalem mentioned are correctly identified as having taken place for the two festivals mentioned in John 7:2 and 10:22.