The feast of the Jews (h eorth twn Ioudaiwn). Here used of the passover (to pasca) as in Matthew 7:2 of the tabernacles. This is probably the third passover in Christ's ministry ( Matthew 2:13 and one unmentioned unless Matthew 5:1 be it). In Matthew 2:13 , here, and Matthew 11:55 (the last one) the adverb eggu (near) is used. John is fond of notes of time. Jesus failed to go to this passover because of the hostility in Jerusalem ( Matthew 7:1 ).