A-Z: General definitions: Donkey


Associated with peace rather than war, and therefore appropriate as the animal ridden by Jesus when he entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-8). This was seen in the Gospels as a fulfilment of Zechariah 9:9. According to tradition also ridden by Mary to Bethlehem where she gave birth to Jesus. In the Old Testament Balaam's ass famously responded to an angel of God when his master did not (Numbers 22:21-34).

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