New moon

The month of Nisan on the Jewish calendar is a special month.
(We will try and use the Jewish calendar as a way of creating a timeline.)
The month of Nisan starts with the sighting of the new moon and a special feast called Rosh Chodesh or Rosh Hodesh (Hebrew: “Head of the Month”). No fasting or mourning is allowed.
Then in fourteen days’ time on the 14th Nisan the day The Passover is celebrated, is also the full moon and spring equinox. The name Passover comes from the miracle in which God “passed over” the houses of the Israelites during the tenth plague while they lived in Egypt.

The Jewish Passover may well be the most central feast on the Jewish calendar.
It involves the whole family, as together they relive and celebrate their ancestors coming out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses who received instructions directly from God.
Jesus too, remembered this event with His Last Passover where He also introduced the Communion Supper which the Christian community observes at every possible opportunity.

Most commentators agree that Jesus died between years AD26 and AD36 in the months of March or April and days differ depending on the month and year.
Using the Jewish calendar Jesus died between the years 3786 – 3796 and in the month of Nisan. The 14th Nisan to be exact.
And Jesus was the Son of God.

All scriptures quoted are from the ISV Bible and used with permission or the Berean Standard Bible which is in the public domain as of April 30, 2023.


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