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See also Finegan, Handbook, 329–53. 11 This becomes particularly clear from John’s claim that, on the morning of the trial of Jesus, the Jews refrained from entering the Roman praetorium “lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover” (18:28), which entails that the ritual eating of lamb lay still ahead. According to this scheme of events, the Last Supper was eaten one day earlier than the regular Passover meal and Jesus was crucified on the same afternoon on which the sacrificial lambs were slain in the Temple.
Steele (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2007), 35–81. the origins of computistical chronography 37 and the old Egyptian calendar had their 1 Thoth fall on 29 August. 5 days, yielding the following results: 25 Phamenoth = 8 March 19 Pharmouthi = 1 April 25 Pharmouthi = 7 April Out of these dates, 8 March was a Friday in AD 28, 1 April in AD 31, and 7 April in AD 30. Moreover, the latter date was also a full moon and is today regarded as one of the astronomically and historically possible dates of the crucifixion.
VII, ed. Theodor Mommsen, 3 vols. (Berlin: Weidmann, 1892–98), 1:130–31. See also Theodor Mommsen, Über den Chronographen aus dem Jahre 354 (Leipzig: Weidmann, 1850), 585–98; Heinrich Gelzer, Sextus Julius Africanus und die byzantinische Chronographie, 2 vols. (Leipzig: Teubner, 1880–98), 2:1–23. 16 The following table is based on the cogent reconstructions by Marcel Richard, “Comput et chronographie chez saint Hippolyte,” pt. 1, Mélanges de science religieuse 7 (1950): 250–57, and Hanssens, Liturgie, 259–70, 280–81.