[B-Greek] Question on DE

David Mooney dmooney at atmc.net
Thu Mar 30 11:43:10 EST 2006

I have had a discussion with a bible believer who believes the trial of Jesus occurred before the day he was crucified. He claims the sixth hour of John 19:14 is day one but the third hour Jesus was delivered up to be crucified was the next day. He claims that since DE was used before Preparation of the Passover in John 19:14 then it is understood that the Preparation of the Passover was the NEXT day and not the same day as the prequel.

He writes:

"When DE is used with times of the day or divisions of the day it simply means "near to" or "close to" or "just before" that hour or time of the day. When it is not used then the reference is to during that time." End of quote

Is this true? I had never heard of this until this year and I have heard it from two different sources that balance the seeming contradiction between John 19:14 "the sixth hour" and the "third hour" of the synoptics. Thanks for your help,

David Mooney
Supply, NC 
Bible Student

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