Your E-mails- June 2021

Your E-mails- June 2021

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

Your E-mails- May 2021

Your E-mails- May 2021

In your magazine you speak of Israelites and Jews as one and the same. They’re not! Jews are Israelites but not all Israelites are Jews. THAT’S CORRECT. ‘Jew’ actually means ‘man of Judah’, and Judah was just one of the 12 tribes of Israel. So why do we use the name ‘Jews’ to refer to all people of Israel? The kingdom of Israel began around 1000 bc. Its history is recorded in the Bible books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles. In time the kingdom split in two—ten tribes formed the northern kingdom which is known as Israel, and two tribes formed the southern kingdom. Judah was the dominant of these tribes and so the southern kingdom was known as Judah. The northern kingdom was destroyed by the Assyrians around 700 bc and the ten tribes were scattered. The southern kingdom was destroyed by the Babylonians around 600 bc, but its