3) Why does Christmas Eve fall on December 24 night?

Question

Why does Christmas Eve fall on December 24 night?

Answer

Because Ancient Hebrew new day began at sunset, not midnight 12:00 pm; consequently, December 25 in ancient Hebrew time began at December 24 after sunset in modern time.

While our modern day begins at midnight 00:00, ancient Hebrew day began at sunset. Night time consisted of 12 hours, so did daylight time.

Loot at table below.

Ancient Hebrew Time Similarity in modern time
Hour Date Hour Date
Sunset 12 December 24 6 p.m. December 24
1 December 25 7 p.m. December 24
2 December 25 8 p.m. December 24
3 December 25 9 p.m. December 24
4 December 25 10 p.m. December 24
5 December 25 11 p.m. December 24
6 December 25 12 p.m. December 24
7 December 25 1 a.m. December 25
8 December 25 2 a.m. December 25
9 December 25 3 a.m. December 25
10 December 25 4 a.m. December 25
11 December 25 5 a.m. December 25
12 December 25 6 a.m. December 25
1 December 25 7 a.m. December 25
2 December 25 8 a.m. December 25
3 December 25 9 a.m. December 25
4 December 25 10 a.m. December 25
5 December 25 11 a.m. December 25
6 December 25 12 a.m. December 25
7 December 25 1 a.m. December 25
8 December 25 2 a.m. December 25
9 December 25 3 a.m. December 25
10 December 25 4 a.m. December 25
11 December 25 5 a.m. December 25
12 December 25 6 a.m. December 25

After sunset December 24, Christmas December 25 begins. 🙂


Bibliography

1http://www.theisraelofgodrc.com/Hebrew_Time_Chart.pdf; access May 24, 2015

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