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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Skeptic Questions about Jesus answered, 1

At what time was Jesus crucified?

Not mentioned in Matthew

9:00 a.m. -- “It was the third hour when they crucified him.” (Mark 15:25)

Not mentioned in Luke

12:00 p.m. -- Jesus was not crucified until after the sixth hour! (John 19:14-15)



Was then (the) third hour, and they crucified Him.” (Mark 15:25)

“It was then, Preparation of the Passover, hour then about the sixth,
And he says to the Jews, Behold (look and see), the king of you!
They then cried, Away, Away, Crucify him!…then, therefore, he delivered up Him
To them in order that He might be crucified.”
(John 19:14-15)

John was written by a Kohen Priest by the name of John, the Son of Zebedee, who was related to the High Priest by either marraige or by blood. Hence, the Gospel of John is written from a Levitical Priest's perspective and way of viewing the hours of the day.

The Preparation of the Passover , from the Kohen / Priestly point of view, from inside the Temple ritual, began at 3 am.

The priests starting duty would awake and wash in 40 se'ah or 340 liters of water or more (Yoma 3,3). The G'vinay (like a priestly combo watch crier and drill sergeant) would yell their rear ends up and about. One was so loud a screamer, the Jerusalem Talmud says Agrippa rewarded him, as he was heard as far as 8 parasangs {23 miles} away (JT Shekalim 5,1), which is obviously an exaggeration.

The priests would then enter into the holy area {only} of the chamber of hewn stone and do assignment "lottery". They would then assemble in squads, with squad leaders bearing torches, unlock the access to the Levitical courts, and undergo various other pre-dawn rituals to verify the sanctity of the Temple, the presence of the 93 Temple Vessels, etc. Once the search is over, and "all is well" is sounded, only then can the preparation ofthe High Priest meal offering begin.

Another lottery for pre-dawn ash removal from the altar andotherassignments will then be conducted.

On the Preparation of the Passover, Sukkot, and at the dedication of the firstfruits of Shavuot (Pentecost), this activity of the priests must begin at the start of the 3 am Watch.

Hence, it was the sixth hour at 9am on this Preparation of the Passover day, in the proper interpretation of John 19:14. Tovia got it wrong again, as his objections often do.

John, as a sacrificing Kohen Priest who wore his own high priest garb and still sacrificed the unblemished lamb on Pesach, even after the Resurrection and destruction of the Temple, wrote and spoke from this vein. The High Priest’s or final Passover lamb, was sacrificed at 3 pm at the 12th hour with the equivalent expression as Jesus stated upon the Cross as if a High Priest over His own sacrificial life (as it were), saying, “It is finished”.

Hence, there is NO contradiction, as both the Synoptic Gospels and John are therefore both designating 9 am.

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