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What day did Passover fall on preceding Jesus resurrection?


Mark 14:12

NLT - 12 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go to prepare the Passover meal for you?”

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As indicated by the verse cited in the question, the Passover associated with Jesus' death and resurrection began at sundown on the day now commonly called Maundy Thursday by Christians. The first day of Passover thus lasted from sundown on Thursday until sundown on the day that Christians refer to as Good Friday (the day prior to the weekly Jewish Sabbath, which ran from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday)(John 19:31).

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Mini Guy Gifford
God declared the first month of the Hebrew year to be Abib (Adar), which is to start on the new moon, and each week last seven days ending with the seventh day, the weekly sabbath (Saturday).

God declared Passover preparation day to be the 14th of Abib (Adar). All Hebrew days begin when the light of the sun disappears with night, then lasting the 24 hours. From sunset to no remaining sunlight in the sky is called twilight. There is an evening and a morning twilight. Evening twilight is the last of the previous day. God declared Passover to take place at evening twilight on the 14th (Saturday evening twilight).

However, we see that the Jews at the time of Jesus, did not choose to restart the work week at God's New Year on the 1st of Abib each year, so the days don't work out as they should.

However, At the time of Jesus, because of the large throng of people in Jerusalem, the priests had the people celebrate the Passover meal on two nights, as is keenly illustrated by the Bible passages that record that the following day after Jesus' last Passover meal, the Jewish accusers of Jesus were simultaneously trying not defile themselves by staying outside Roman governor Pontius Pilot's gentile court so they could eat the Passover meal, while simultaneously falsely accusing innocent Jesus to have him murdered; showing that for them, murder was OK, but touching something once touched by a gentile was considered by them to be much worse.

Thus Jesus and the disciples celebrated Passover on the 13th, while the more elite Jews celebrated Passover on the 14th, the same day which Jesus was executed, which I believe should have been a Saturday, had they restarted their weekly sabbaths with their new year. 

The best information which we have is the actual written account, which says that Joseph of Aramathia had to hurry to get Jesus body buried before nightfall (during twilight), and Mary arrived to the empty tomb in the dark on the day (night) on the first day of the week (gentile Saturday after dark), after the Sabbath. If we believe that the recorded prophesy of Jesus came true, that He would be in the heart of the earth for "three days and three nights", then we must back up by three days and three nights to find the actual day of their (can I say "messed-up") week to find what day Jesus died. Days of the week are very arbitrary by those in power (see the 12 days of Christmas). Presuming that Jesus' declared "three days and three nights" didn't count just a couple of minutes of twilight as one of the three days, then Jesus would have resurrected at twilight on the third day. 

Counting backward three full 24 hour days (72 hours), we arrive at evening twilight on Wednesday, and that Jesus died on a Wednesday.

But it is far easier to simply use God's calendar, on which Jesus died on the 14th of Abib, 14 days after the new moon, ie. At the time of the full moon. So that year it would have fallen on a Wednesday, but God had the Hebrews using a lunar calendar, rather than our solar calendar.

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