Historical Jesus

Olivet Discourse and Parallels

The Olivet Discourse is a speech Jesus made to his disciples from the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24:3; Mark 13:3) a few days before his crucifixion. Although most popular discussions of this discourse focus on the longest version found in Matthew 24-25, it properly refers also to the speech as presented in Mark 13 and in Luke 21:5-36. Serious study of this speech is greatly helped by comparing all three versions. In addition, there are three other passages in Matthew and Luke with significant parallels to material in the Olivet Discourse (Matt.