The Manners and Customs of the Jews and Other Nations Mentioned in the Bible

The Manners and Customs of the Jews and Other Nations Mentioned in the Bible

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...of them were captive in the land; and there is good reason to believe that Pythagoras was in Judea, and also had much intercourse with the captives at Babylon. The eastern computations of time by days, months, and years, were made f rom observations of the heavenly bodies. The Jewish day was reckoned from evening to evening, Lev. xxiii. 32. In the account of the creation, Gen. i. the evening is mentioned before the morning. The day varied in length at different times of the year, but not so much as in England, Judea being more to the south. The longest day was about fourteen hours, consequently the shortest about ten. The day was divided into four parts, Neh. ix. 3, afterwards into twelve hours. Sun-dials were constructed to mark the divisions of time. The ancients had no clocks or watches like ours; but they had some contrivances to find out how time passed: as by cups with very small holes in the bottom, which being put to float in a vessel of water would sink in a certain space of time; or by burning long candles, or other methods. The first mention of hours is Dan. iii. 6, 15; and, as the Jews were then captives in Babylon, it is probable they learned this division of time from the Chaldeans, who were great astronomers. The hours were counted from six in the morning to six in the evening; consequently, the third hour was our nine in the morning, the ninth hour was our three in the afternoon: see Matt. xx. 3, 5, 6,9; and many other texts are explained by this. The night was at first divided into three parts, called watches: see Lam. ii. 19; Judg. vii. 19; Exod. xiv. 24. These divisions would be longest in winter; and we may suppose how ardently the morning light would be desired by those who watched during a long severe winter night, Psa....show more

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  • 9781236523020