The feast was opened on the evening of Nisan 14, Nisan being a spring month, and the first month of the Jewish year.
John seems clearly to place it on the day before the Passover--13 Nisan.
Thus it is plain that in the monthly calendar of the king's actual reign the month Chisleu came first in order, and then Nisan.
They celebrated this feast on the same day as the Jews,—on the 14th of Nisan, upon whatever day of the week it happened to fall.
This shows that he did not reckon the year to begin at Nisan, as the Jews were accustomed to reckon it.
M. On the eve of the fourteenth Nisan, search must be made for leaven by the light of a lamp .
This month is sacred to Anu and Bel, just like Nisan, the first month.
The 14th Nisan began at sunset on April 6th and lasted until sunset on April 7th.
From the 27th of Adar to the 3rd of Nisan there was lamentation in Akkad.
But it is positively certain that all took place between sunset, the beginning of Nisan 14, and sunset, the beginning of Nisan 15.
month of flowers, (Neh. 2:1) the first month of the Jewish sacred year. (See ABIB.) Assyrian nisannu, "beginning."