Day of Jesus’ death?

Whichever day you chose for Jesus’ death by crucifixion the evening before was His last Passover meal with His disciples followed by six trials which lasted through the night into the following day which was the crucifixion day. Passover was always celebrated on the 14th of Nisan using the Jewish calendar which starts at sunset.

Some say the crucifixion was on Friday others either Wednesday, Thursday or even as early as a Tuesday and they also disagree which year starting with AD26 to AD39.

One Jewish Pastor said Passover Sabbath started Wednesday sunset. The Passover lamb had to be inspected for Four days and if Jesus died on Friday that would make it 6 days.

For some possible Days, Months and Years of Jesus’ Death.

Some commentators say Jesus Death could have been as early as Tuesday or Wednesday sunset because the year Jesus died there was a special or high Sabbath one or two days before the normal weekly Sabbath.

The word Sabbath as used by the Jews means rest. They had weekly Sabbaths and some special Sabbaths that could be any day of the week.

Background Reading:

Death of Jesus

Bible readings:
Matthew 21:1-28:20, Mark 13:1-16:20, Luke 19:1-24:53, John 11:1-21-25

More Information:

Jesus was in the tomb three days and three nights.
The Hebrew day start’s at dusk, so a Hebrew day can overlap 2 Roman days, depending on the time of day):

10th Nisan – Friday sunset-Saturday sunset was the triumphal entry: April 6th-7th

11th Nisan – Saturday sunset-Sunday sunset the fig tree was cursed: April 7th-8th
12th Nisan – Sunday sunset-Monday sunset the conspirators counseled: April 8th-9th
13th Nisan – Monday sunset-Tuesday sunset was the Last Supper: April 9th-10th
14th Nisan – Tuesday sunset-Wednesday sunset was the Crucifixion: April 10th-11th
15th Nisan – Wednesday sunset-Thursday sunset was the Feast of Unleavened Bread: April 11th-12th
16th Nisan – Thursday sunset-Friday sunset the women prepared the spices and so forth: April 12th-13th
17th Nisan – Friday sunset-Saturday sunset they all rested: April 13th-14th

18th Nisan – Saturday sunset-Sunday sunset morning the woman went to the tomb: April 14th-15th.
18th Nisan – First Fruits
191h Nisan – Sunday sunset-Monday sunset April 15th-16th.

Read: Matthew 28:1 Sabbath here in Greek is Sabbaths.
Also, read John 19:31 “and the next day was to be a special Sabbath.”

There are the normal weekly Sabbath and also a small number of Special Sabbaths that could be any day of the week and “The Feast of Unleavened Bread” is one of these special Sabbaths.
The word Sabbath in Hebrew means rest.

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