Your E-mails- June 2021

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How did people in the Bible tell the time? What is the ‘third hour of the day’ (Mark 15:25)? THE SYSTEM of dividing the day into 24 hours is ancient. It would have been in use when Abraham lived in Ur (Genesis 11:27–32), and when the Israelites lived in Egypt (Exodus 1). The one clock that’s mentioned in the Bible is the sun-dial in Jerusalem in the time of King Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:11), and it’s likely it would have used this system of counting the hours. However the Israelites in the Old Testament, in common with people generally at the time, appear to have had a relaxed approach to timekeeping. References to the time of day are generally not more specifc than to morning, noon, evening, night, early and late. When we come to the New Testament it’s the First Century ad and Israel is part of the Roman