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Night and day. A propos acts 20:7

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In the Good News Bible, Acts 20:7 rendered as: &t;on Saturday evening&t;; in a footnote &t;Sunday&t; is given as an alternative for &t;Saturday.&t; The question reflected by alternative translations offered, is where the borderline between one day and another was drawn: at sunset or at sunrise. It is commonly assumed that in the Roman calendrical system, a day was counted to begin at sunrise and end at the following sunrise, whereas the Jews would count from sunset to sunset. It should probably be agreed with S.R. Llewellyn that the terms &t;midnight&t; and &t;the following day&t; in Acts 20:7 must not be over-interpreted and be taken as exact calendrical indications. This chapter investigates if it is really true that Jews in first century considered a day to begin at night, as is often claimed. It argues that they, just as anyone else, considered a day to last from sunrise to sunset.

Keywords: Acts; Bible; day; Jews; midnight; Roman calendrical system; sunrise; sunset



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