Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 14 April |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Hadewych of Meer
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

What’s the difference between the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane?

Snapshots of The Past | Flickr CC by SA 2.0

Philip Kosloski - published on 04/18/19

Are the Gospel writers referring to the same place?

In the Gospel of Mark, after the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples “came to a place named Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray'” (Mark 14:32). At the same time, in the Gospel of Matthew, “after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” (Matthew 26:30).

Which is it? Did they go to the Mount of Olives, or the Garden of Gethsemane? Or is it the same place?

The Mount of Olives is part of a mountain range that separates Jerusalem from the Judaean desert. This particular “mountain” is the central peak, and resembles a large rocky hill. It was once a place of many olive trees.

The Garden of Gethsemane is a garden that sits at the base of the Mount of Olives. The name literally means “oil press” and is another reference to the presence of olive tress in the area.

To answer the question, after the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples walked to the Mount of Olives, and more specifically, the Garden of Gethsemane that sits at its base.




Read more:
Can you stay one hour with me? The “Night Watch” of Holy Thursday


Holy Week

Read more:
A visual guide to Holy Week: Here’s what you need to know

Tags:
BibleHoly Week
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...



Top 10
1
LOREN SCHAUERS
Annalisa Teggi
Amputee from the waist down is thankful every day to be alive
2
SAINT FAUSTINA,CELL
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
St. Faustina’s coffee cup and lessons for Divine Mercy Sund...
3
HOLY SEPULCHRE CROSSES
Zelda Caldwell
Mystery of crosses on walls of Church of the Holy Sepulchre may h...
4
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
St. Padre Pio: His life, his miracles and his legacy
5
JESUS
Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ
A simple test to see if you really believe Christ is risen
6
DIVINE MERCY
Aleteia
Here’s how to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at home
7
PRINCE PHILIP
Cerith Gardiner
11 Interesting facts about the late Prince Philip
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.