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Evening sacrifice

"At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention."

What time was the evening sacrifice in 1 Kings 18:27?

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Hey John, I've noticed a pattern in a lot of your questions and have been editing them to show you the markdown that helps users read the question. These are good questions, it just helps others when you use the blockquotes markdown for textual quotes and ask the question both in the title and in the body of the question itself. –  Dan Nov 8 '13 at 16:13
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@Dan Hi! yes was wondering how to do that..! Thanks will check it out ! –  John Unsworth Nov 8 '13 at 18:41

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The reference is to the daily sacrifice offered in the afternoon. Numbers 28 (4).

Most non-Jewish translations use the word “twilight” for the Hebrew term

The Mishnah about Passover (called Pesachim Chap 5) deals with the time of the OP’s “evening sacrifice”.

“The daily burnt-offering' was slaughtered at the eighth hour and a half (note: After 6.0 a.m., i.e., at 2.30 p.m.) and offered up at the ninth hour and a half”

which justifies the translation “afternoon sacrifice”.

I note that this is not accepted by the reference to "this page" in the answer of Niobius.

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Ezr 9:4 Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice.

Psa 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Here's what we know about the evening sacrifice:
"EVENING SACRIFICE. The daily burnt offering of a yearling lamb. With the morning sacrifice it constituted the continual burnt offering. Each sacrifice, a lamb without blemish, was offered with a cereal (“meal,” KJV “meat”) offering, one-fifth peck of fine flour with a quart of oil; and a libation, a quart of wine (Exod 29:38-42; Num 28:3-8). The observance was important in the history of Israel (2 Chron 13:11, et al.). The continual burnt offering of the restored temple of Ezekiel included only the morning sacrifice (Ezek 46:13-15)."

As this page observes, it doesn't seem possible to know exactly when the evening sacrifice was carried out, except that it was in the evening.

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Evening must have started with sundown...Genesis 1:5 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. I wanted to know as I suddenly realized it would be much more dramatic if the fire came down when it was dark or just at sunset..Maybe it was exactly at sunset. Picture the fire coming down through the red sky –  John Unsworth Nov 8 '13 at 22:59
    
Actually, the Hebrew word for "evening" is not used in 1ki 18 at all - Bible translators add "evening" because they know that the specific time reference must refer to a sacrifice made at a specific time, and that the approximate time when fire came down was in the evening. The places the Hebrew word "evening" is used before "sacrifice", a very generic word is used ("arev") - similar to the English "evening" - which only generically refers to the period between "afternoon" and "night". Though I have to admit that fire descending from heaven is more visually appealing if the sun has gone down. –  Niobius Nov 9 '13 at 13:27

I don't think the fire came down during sunset, but much before that. The reason being that there was much that happened after the fire came. The Baal prophets were killed, Elijah and his servant went up to pray and he did seven times. They saw a little cloud. That should not likely be in the dark...

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