Gethsemane (disambiguation)

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Gethsemane is a garden in Jerusalem believed to be the place where Jesus and his disciples prayed the night before the crucifixion. Gethsemane is equally remembered as the place where Jesus was betrayed by one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot. The Biblical reference for this is found in the New Testament Gospel of John, chapter 18 and in Matthew chapter 26 from verse 47. It can also be found in Mark's Gospel chapter 14, from verse 43 and Luke's Gospel chapter 22 from verse 47 onwards. Judas came to the Garden of Gethsemane along with Roman soldiers and Jewish Temple guards in order to have Jesus arrested. Since it was dark, a special sign was required in order to identify Jesus from His other disciples. The sign was to be a kiss. This is rather ironic because a kiss was a sign of friendship and love; yet in this instance, it was the sign of betrayal. Gethsemane is therefore also associated with betrayal. In literature, this also helps to explain the poem, "Gethsemane 1914-1918" by Rudyard Kipling [see below]. Kipling's son John was killed in the Battle of Loos on September 27, 1915. Through this poem, Kipling expresses a sense of betrayal that so many young men, his son included, should have had to give up their lives in such a cruel and bloody war.

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