All three synoptic gospels record the Transfiguration. Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up the mountain to pray, is transformed before them with his face shining and his clothes becoming dazzling white, and then Moses and Elijah appear talking to him. In all three gospels, this appears after Jesus teaches on the conditions of discipleship, but how long after depends on which gospel you’re reading.
Matthew and Mark and both have the Transfiguration occurring six days after these teachings:
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. [Matthew 17:1-2 (NRSV)]
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. [Mark 9:2-3 (NRSV)]
Luke, however, places the Transfiguration eight days later:
Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. [Luke 9:28-29 (NRSV)]
So was the Transfiguration six days after Jesus taught on the conditions of discipleship, or more like eight?
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