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In the Christian gospels, the ministry of Jesus begins with his baptism in the countryside of Roman Judea and Transjordan, near the river Jordan, and ends in Jerusalem, following the Last Supper with his disciples.<ref name=Alister16 >Christianity: an introduction by Alister E. McGrath 2006 ISBN 978-1-4051-0901-7 pages 16-22</ref> The Gospel of Luke (3:23) states that Jesus was "about 30 years of age" at the start of his ministry.<ref name=Kostenberger140 /><ref name=ChronosPaul >Paul L. Maier "The Date of the Nativity and Chronology of Jesus" in Chronos, kairos, Christos: nativity and chronological studies by Jerry Vardaman, Edwin M. Yamauchi 1989 ISBN 0-931464-50-1 pages 113-129</ref> A chronology of Jesus typically has the date of the start of his ministry estimated at around AD 27–29 and the end in the range AD 30–36.<ref name=Kostenberger140 /><ref name=ChronosPaul /><ref name=sourceexplain /><ref name=Barnett19 >Jesus & the Rise of Early Christianity: A History of New Testament Times by Paul Barnett 2002 ISBN 0-8308-2699-8 pages 19-21</ref>

Jesus' Early Galilean ministry begins when after his Baptism, he goes back to Galilee from his time in the Judean desert.<ref name="Matthew' page 71">The Gospel according to Matthew by Leon Morris ISBN 0-85111-338-9 page 71</ref> In this early period he preaches around Galilee and recruits his first disciples who begin to travel with him and eventually form the core of the early Church<ref name=Alister16 /><ref name=Redford117 >The Life and Ministry of Jesus: The Gospels by Douglas Redford 2007 ISBN 0-7847-1900-4 pages 117-130</ref> as it is believed that the Apostles dispersed from Jerusalem to found the Apostolic Sees. The Major Galilean ministry which begins in Matthew 8 includes the commissioning of the Twelve Apostles, and covers most of the ministry of Jesus in Galilee.<ref name="New Testament' page 324">A theology of the New Testament by George Eldon Ladd 1993ISBN page 324</ref><ref name=Redford143 >The Life and Ministry of Jesus: The Gospels by Douglas Redford 2007 ISBN 0-7847-1900-4 pages 143-160</ref> The Final Galilean ministry begins after the death of John the Baptist as Jesus prepares to go to Jerusalem.<ref name="Steven L. Cox pages 97-110">Steven L. Cox, Kendell H Easley, 2007 Harmony of the Gospels ISBN 0-8054-9444-8 pages 97-110</ref><ref name=Redford165 >The Life and Ministry of Jesus: The Gospels by Douglas Redford 2007 ISBN 0-7847-1900-4 pages 165-180</ref>

In the Later Judean ministry Jesus starts his final journey to Jerusalem through Judea.<ref name=KingsburyMark /><ref name=Barton132 /><ref name="Steven L. Cox pages 121-135">Steven L. Cox, Kendell H Easley, 2007 Harmony of the Gospels ISBN 0-8054-9444-8 pages 121-135</ref><ref name="Jesus pages 189-207">The Life and Ministry of Jesus: The Gospels by Douglas Redford 2007 ISBN 0-7847-1900-4 pages 189-207</ref> As Jesus travels towards Jerusalem, in the Later Perean ministry, about one third the way down from the Sea of Galilee (actually a fresh water lake) along the River Jordan, he returns to the area where he was baptized.<ref name="Steven L. Cox page 137">Steven L. Cox, Kendell H Easley, 2007 Harmony of the Gospels ISBN 0-8054-9444-8 page 137</ref><ref name="Jesus pages 211-229">The Life and Ministry of Jesus: The Gospels by Douglas Redford 2007 ISBN 0-7847-1900-4 pages 211-229</ref><ref name="Bible' page 929">Mercer dictionary of the Bible by Watson E. Mills, Roger Aubrey Bullard 1998 ISBN 0-86554-373-9 page 929</ref>

The Final ministry in Jerusalem is sometimes called the Passion Week and begins with Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.<ref name=Cox155 /> The gospels provide more details about the final ministry than the other periods, devoting about one third of their text to the last week of the life of Jesus in Jerusalem.<ref name=Turner613 >Matthew by David L. Turner 2008 ISBN 0-8010-2684-9 page 613</ref>


Ministry of Jesus sections
Intro  Overview  Baptism and early ministry  Ministry in Galilee  Judea and Perea to Jerusalem  Final ministry in Jerusalem  See also  References  

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