My Church teaches that the day begins at sunset. This comes from Leviticus 23:32 where it says, 'from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath'. This was a command from Yahuwah via Moses.

Answer: You mentioned that Leviticus 23:32 is a powerful support text for the day beginning at sunset. Posted below in context is the entire command of Yahuwah regarding the "Day of Atonement".  Following this are seven questions regarding these verses for the sake of stimulating discussion.

Lev. 23:27-32 KJV
27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto Yahuwah.

28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before Yahuwah your Eloah.

29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.

30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.

32 It shall be unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.


  1. What is the date given for the Day of Atonement? The 10th day
  2. What day were the people to begin afflicting their souls? The 9th day
  3. At what time on the 9th day were they to begin afflicting their souls? At even on the 9th day
  4. According to verse 32, what day does the first even belong to? It clearly belongs to the 9th day.
  5. To what day does the second even belong? The 10th day
  6. If a day begins at even, then is the 10th day synonymous with the 9th day since verse 32 specifically states that the first even belongs to the 9th day? No
  7. Since each "calendar date" can only have one "even" attributed to it, and the even of the 9th is the beginning of the soul affliction, then for the date of the 10th, when is the even? Is it before or after the morning? The even is after the morning, because the even prior to the morning belongs to the previous day known as the 9th day.