Did da Vinci Goof Up With The Painting Of The Last Supper?

Maybe another chunk of evidence to debunk Dan Brown’s, “The Da Vinci Code”? Jesus and his apostles were very likely not sitting in chairs. How could the great artists miss that detail out of the Bible? Jews sat a table to eat, however for special occasions, they would recline alongside little standing tables. They would lean on their left arm while the right arm was free to eat and drink. This particular occasion would be the Passover.

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” ( Luke 22:14)

Sorry Dan and Leonardo, you messed up!

This painting by Rossano is a more accurate depiction of the Last Supper:

The Last Supper by Rossano

It has already been observed that on ordinary occasions the people of the Bible age mostly sat or squatted on the floor around a low table at mealtime. In the king’s circle, or at other times of special ceremony, seats were sometimes provided. The prophet Amos is the first sacred writer to refer
to the custom of “[stretching] themselves upon their couches” when eating (Amos 6:4).
By the time of JESUS, the Roman custom of reclining on couches at supper had been adopted in
some Jewish circles. The Roman table and couches combined was called a triclinium. There
were three couches which were located on the three sides of a square, the fourth side being left
open, so that a servant could get on the inside to assist in serving the meal. The guest’s position
was to recline with the body’s upper part resting on the left arm, and the head raised, and a
cushion at the back, and the lower part of the body stretched out. The head of the second guest
was opposite the breast of the first guest, so that if he wanted to speak to him in secret he would
lean upon his breast.5
This custom at a banquet table throws light on several passages from the four gospels. The
Apostle John asked JESUS a question while in this position at supper (John 13:23-25). In the
story of the Rich Man and Lazarus, when JESUS said that “the beggar died, and was carried
by the angels into Abraham’s bosom” (Luke 16:22), he doubtless meant to imply that he was
reclining at a heavenly table next to Abraham where he could lean upon his breast. This is clear
in the light of CHRIST’s description of that heavenly feast: “Many shall come from the east
and the west; and shall sit down [recline] with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the
kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 8:11). Also this position of reclining at table explains how the woman could come during a dinner and take her position behind at the feet of JESUS and wash
them (Luke 7:38)


A small detail, however sometimes small details can expose untruths.

God Bless

Brian Mason