TIMES DURING CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION©
ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
Peace Crusader and Echo of the Holy Spirit
The coordinates of Jerusalem are 31 degrees 47 minutes North latitude and 35 degrees 13 minutes East longitude. The standard time zone of the city is UT + 2 hours.
From the website http://aa.usno.navy.mil/cgi-bin/aa_pap.pl (Sun and Moon Data for One Day), the following are the information for August 17 and August 21 from 2001 to 2009:
|Begin Civil Twilight||04:40||04:39||04:39||04:40||04:40||04:39||04:39||04:40||04:40|
|End Civil Twilight||18:46||18:47||18:47||18:46||18:46||18:47||18:47||18:46||18:46|
|Begin Civil Twilight||04:42||04:42||04:42||04:42||04:42||04:42||04:42||04:43||04:42|
|End Civil Twilight||18:42||18:42||18:42||18:41||18:42||18:42||18:42||18:41||18:42|
On August 17 when Jesus was crucified and buried, the sun set at 18:21 or 06:21pm. On the other hand, on August 21 when Mary Magdalene discovered the tomb empty, the sun rose at 05:08 or 05:08am. The civil twilight began at 04:42 or 04:42am. So Mary Magdalene was in the tomb between 04:42am and 05:08am.
Please see the definition of civil twilight and other terms in the above tables at http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/RST_defs.php#top.
The Sabbath of the followers of Jesus was Sunday, a market day in Jerusalem. After their Sabbath when the sun has set at 06:17pm, they had about 25 minutes to buy the sweet spices at the market place (Mark 16:1). They were able to do so, that is why the following morning, even before the sun rose and before the market opened, they had already the sweet spices that they would use to anoint Jesus.
Copyright © 2009 Aristeo Canlas Fernando.