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 It is uncertain whether Passover here refers to an actual Passover meal, as it was observed by the Pharisees, or if it refers to the Chagigah, an additional festive offering. Robertson makes the point in his Word Pictures of the New Testament, that this reference to Passover, most likely is referring to the whole feast and not just the meal. He says,
In 2Ch 30:22 we read: "And they did eat the festival seven days" when the paschal festival is meant, not the paschal lamb or the paschal supper. There are eight other examples of Pascha in John's Gospel and in all of them the feast is meant, not the supper. If we follow John's use of the word, it is the feast here, not the meal of John 13:2 which was the regular Passover meal. This interpretation keeps John in harmony with the Synoptics.
However, John Gill takes the view that this is referring to the Chagigah. He states,
that they might eat the Passover; pure and undefiled; not the Passover lamb, for that they had eaten the night before; but the "Chagigah", or feast on the fifteenth day of the month.
It is likely to be as John Gill has stated. The reason for this is we see these same Pharisees, or at least some of the same group, coming to Pilate the day after the crucifixion, on the Fifteenth, to request a guard to be placed at the tomb. When they came to Pilate at this time, there is no mention of not entering the Pretorium, as we shall see later.
Jesus stands before Pilate. The Roman abuse of Jesus and his brief appearance before Herod. (Mt. 27:11-31; Mk. 15:2-20; Lk. 23:2-6, 12-25)
At The Cross [The Third hour to The Ninth hour/9 am - 3 pm]
The Crucifixion. From the third hour to the ninth hour, which is about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. our time, approximately. (Mt. 27:33-51; Mk. 15:25-34; Lk. 23:26-44; Jn. 19:16-40)

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