I was approached by two Jehovah's Witnesses who invited me to a memorial service for Jesus to be held on Tuesday, March 26th. The flier they gave me said that this is the anniversary of Jesus' death. Most Christians view Christ's death as taking place on Good Friday. Why are Jehovah's Witnesses saying it happened on a Tuesday?

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Apparently, per Wikipedia, this date corresponds to Nisan 14, converting the date from the Hebrew Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar.

I don't believe they're saying it happened on a Tuesday. In 2012, it was a Thursday.

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    As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I always suggest that if someone would like to know the origin of our celebrations, please ask one of us! We are happy to talk to you about it. Here is a link to our official website, with the invitation to Christ's memorial. You'll find better information there than I can give. jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/memorial
    – Nicholas
    Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 15:07
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    @Nicholas We'd love to have you participate especially from a Witness perspective. That's a definite gap in the knowledge base here, and having JW bring JW answers would be appreciated. Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 20:39
  • @Nicholas: Please consider this question as directed at you! It's tagged JW and calls for an answer from the JW perspective. We really want to see answers from JW's that can explain the teaching on issues like this. You can even link and quote JW resources when doing so. The only thing we ask (and insist on) is that the answer include at least a summary of the main points in your own words. Quotes and references are great, but answers should be self contained and not plagerized. Please consider contributing answers to questions calling for the perspective of jehovahs-witnesses!
    – Caleb
    Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 15:04
  • Passover is Nisan 15 (in 2013, sundown Monday March 25 through dark Tuesday March 26). Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 1:22

In Exodus 12, the Hebrews celebrated the Passover on the 14th day of the first month of the year, it is called Abib in Hebrew (like January in our calendar today). After coming back from the Babylonian exile, they call Abib by a Babylonian name which is Nisan. So Abib 14 or Nisan 14 every year is the day of the Passover.

Fast forward to the time of Jesus, he celebrated Passover which is Abib 14 and he died on that very same day. Remember that in the Bible, a day starts from sunset and ends on a sunset.

Abib 14 can be any day of the week every year. Like July 4th, the day varies from year to year but it is always July 4th.

Jesus did not die on a Good Friday, there is no biblical basis for such doctrine, although it would look like that if you are not really familiar with the Jewish customs and traditions.

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How Should We Remember Jesus’ Death?”, The Watchtower, March 1, 2012, his this to say:

When should we commemorate Jesus’ death?

Jesus’ death occurred on Passover, Nisan 14. A Jewish day begins at sundown. The evening before he died, Jesus ate the Passover meal with his apostles and then instituted a new memorial meal to commemorate his death.—Read Luke 22:14,15.

Today, God’s people commemorate what God provided through Jesus to set the whole world free from sin and death. (Exodus 12:5-7, 13, 17) Just as the Passover was observed once a year, so the Memorial of Jesus’ death is held once a year after sundown on Nisan 14 according to the Bible’s lunar calendar.—Read John 1:29.

You are invited to attend the Memorial.

Please view further information and collection of Witness publications on the Lord’s Evening Meal.


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