Nor was he attempting to keep the mandate to dwell in booths during Sukkot. In addition to the three Synoptic Gospels, the event of our Lord's Transfiguration is also described in the Second Epistle of Peter (1:13-21. The three who are privileged to witness the event are Peter, James, and John, the three core disciples. One of the unknowns of the New Testament is the identification of the mountain where Jesus underwent his Transfiguration.The Matthew account of the Transfiguration is as follows. 32 Now Peter and his companions had been overcome with sleep; but when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him. The members of Jesus’ inner circle (Peter, James, and John), were eyewitnesses to the Transfiguration. Who witnessed the Transfiguration? Simon Peter did not have that type of symbolic significance in mind when he offered to build the shelters. We, too, of course, try our best, sometimes succeeding and sometimes coming up short. At Jesus’ Transfiguration, the Lord appeared in his true form as the Son of God and the disciples saw his preexistent glory. That’s what I mean by saying that this is the moment when Peter’s transfiguration begins — when we fails, falls, and is lifted up again and realizes that above and beyond everything else, he is called to listen to Jesus. A sermon on Sunday March 2nd at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, South Plainfield, NJ. (Luke 9) Unfortunately, the disciples were weak and instead of praying with Jesus, they fell asleep. For readers who accept the traditional authorship on the … While they were asleep and Jesus was praying, the transfiguration took place. Why does 2 Peter 1:17 allude to this episode? I have blogged on the meaning of the "Transfiguration" in the context of Mark 9:2-7 and parallels in dialogue with Simon S. Lee and Candida Moss here. (Andrew was not there or not included.) This pattern, I think, shapes the life of every Christian. This latter tells the story with less detail but certainly with no less interest. The gospels provide no reason to assume that the transfiguration occurred during the festival of Sukkot. The Transfiguration is described by Matthew, Mark, and Luke, with the most detailed account given by Luke. Peter, James, and John, who were selected from among the Twelve as the only earthly witnesses of the transfiguration of Christ, had been similarly chosen as witnesses of a special manifestation, that of the raising of the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:37; Luke 8:51); and, later, the same three were the sole witnesses of our Lord’s night agony in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:37; Mark 14:33).