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born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

Maundy Thursday & the Last Seder — the MATH!

Simon Ushakov, Last Supper, 1685Since I wrote the original post, I’ve thinking about the math, sort of bringing scientific method into religion. The current Jewish year is 5774. The Seder is on the eve of the 15th of the month of Nisan. In other words, it’s on the 14th of that month.

  1. Did this date 2014 years ago (using the birth of Jesus as the starting point of the Gregorian calendar; year 3760 in the Hebrew calendar) fall on a Thursday? According to the calculation in Calendar home, the 14th of Nisan 3760 (5774 – 2014 = 3760) was a Wednesday, which might be taken as a Thursday.
  2. Did this date 1981 years ago (2014 – 33 = 1981; using the death of Jesus as the starting point of the Gregorian calendar; year 3793 in the Hebrew calendar) fall on a Thursday? According to the calculation in Calendar home, the 14th of Nisan 3760 (5774 – 1981 = 3793) was a Friday.

If you want to do the math yourself, you can see the formula at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Determination_of_the_day_of_the_week and try to make sense of it. Personally I’d make a program for it rather than use pen and paper. Said the latter, check out Calendar home. If you find an error on my calculations, please let me know.

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