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Scholar Hyam Maccobby suggests the triumphal entry was during sukkot for the reasons you give and more. See his book Revolution in Judea, the chapter "King of the Jews."


The the closest event to the death of Jesus recorded in scripture is Nehemiah's second return to Jerusalem. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia states: On the other hand, the abuses which Malachi attacked correspond so exactly with those which Nehemiah found on his 2nd visit to Jerusalem in 432 BC (Nehemiah 13:7) that it seems reasonably ...

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