- Jan 27, 2012
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Do some here believe that it is more likely to be Good Wednesday? I haven’t seen that view postulated for a few years now.
Look at Twisted's chart and recant your position.Maybe that nonsense has finally run its course.
(Meanwhile, the Gospels still say the crucifixion took place on the paraskeue or prosabbaton--the ordinary Greek words for the sixth day of the week.)
prosabbaton looks like the roots of the word mean 'before the sabbath', and if that week had a special sabbath, the day before that would also fit that word. On normal weeks, the day before the Sabbath is Friday.(Meanwhile, the Gospels still say the crucifixion took place on the paraskeue or prosabbaton--the ordinary Greek words for the sixth day of the week.)
Sure sounds like a Friday crucifixion to me.
Thanks for this... I'm doing my research with a view to changing my mind. In addition to the "three days and three nights" only occurring once, there is also the disciples on the road to Emmaus; it clearly states there that it was the same day that the women found the tomb empty... those men tell Jesus (before they knew Him) that "today is the third day since those things were done". If Sunday was the third day, Saturday was the second day, and Friday was either the day it happened or the first day after it happened. There is no way it could be Wednesday and have Sunday be the third day. It does seem to be true that the people of that time (perhaps just the Jews) counted the current day when numbering; thus, in John 20, one week later is called "eight days" instead of seven (as we would say).The difficulty with positing a Wednesday or Thursday crucifixion is that the biblical narrative, read in its plainest sense, only accounts for three days: the day of crucifixion, the Sabbath, and the day of resurrection. Assuming the crucifixion took place earlier introduces difficulties.
The traditional alternative is Wednesday: the following day, Thursday, was a special Sabbath in addition to the regular seventh-day Sabbath. But then why did the women wait until Sunday morning to take the burial spices to the tomb? This was a task of some urgency, for obvious reasons; if the "high Sabbath" was on Thursday, they could have gone and anoint Christ's body on Friday. Besides, Wednesday is too soon.
The alternative to the alternative is a Thursday crucifixion--thought up, I'm convinced, because someone realized a Sunday crucifixion meant three days and four nights, and didn't actually solve the problem. I could dismiss it offhand for being a post hoc rationalization. Nonetheless, it does treat Matthew 12:40 literally. The problem with this interpretation is that two Gospels (Matthew and Mark) record the disciples as discovering the empty tomb after the Sabbath, and a third (Luke) says they rested on the Sabbath. Always Sabbath--never Sabbaths, even though there were allegedly two of them. That would seem like a significant plot point. Are we meant to understand that the Gospel authors simply ignored an entire day (or two) as if they never existed? I mean, half of John's Gospel is about the Passion, crucifixion, and resurrection. You'd think he'd at least make a note of it.
"Three days and three nights" is a peculiarity of Matthew's Gospel, and he's not even relating a narrative of the crucifixion; it's Jesus making a simile. All the Gospels say that Jesus was crucified the day before a Sabbath and rose again "on the third day," which was the first day of the week. The most natural reading of all of Scripture is that Jesus was crucified before sundown on the day before the Sabbath (the first day), which was the normal seventh-day Sabbath that fell during the Passover week, and rose again sometime before dawn on the day after the Sabbath (the third day).
I concur. There have been a lot of pointless posts on this forum over the years, but I stick around because I have learned a lot about the scriptures here (much more than "every time the doors were open" IFBx services I attended for so many years).I write this to say that all discussion is NOT pointless. Good points have been made.