From: Tony Costa (email@example.com)
Date: Fri May 26 2000 - 10:05:42 EDT
<x-flowed>Dear B-Greek Friends,
I was wondering if any of you have any comments on the dialogue below on the
question of the Jewish reckoning of time. The question here is whether a
part of a day was regarded as the whole day. Does anyone have any insight
the Talmudic reference to the "onah"? Many thanks.
Tony Costa, B.A.
University of Toronto
> >YOU ARE CAUGHT UP IN A LITERAL
> >UNDERSTANDING OF THE 3 DAYS AND 3 NIGHTS.
>I think there is good evidence to take this literally because the Jewish
>system of counting days was based on these 12 hour spans (onah). There
>was a "night span" and a "day span". The reference for this in the
>Yerushalmi Talmud is Sabbat 9:3. In the Babylonian Talmud the reference
>is 86a - 87a. Even in Genesis 1 it say that EVENING and MORNING were the
>first day. A day was considered to have 2 parts. The evening was
>followed by the night span (onah) the morning was followed by the day
> >THE JEWS REGARDED A PART OF THE
> >DAY AS ITS WHOLE.
>What documentation is there for this? In the Talmud it says that a part
>of an "onah" which is a 12 hour span either from 6am to 6pm or else 6pm
>to 6am can be regarded as a whole of it (meaning a whole SPAN). From
>this statement I have seen people say that a part of a DAY was regarded
>as a WHOLE day (24 hours). But in my understanding that is not the
>context. It actually says "part of a span is equivalent to the whole of
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