Good Friday


#1

A fundamentalist pastor said on his radio program that Jesus could not have died on Good Friday because of what is stated in Matthew 12:40 (Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, 29 so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.) He focuses on the three nights. Is there an explanation for this?

God Bless


#2

The fundamentalist pastor maybe is ignorant of Jewish culture in the time of Christ.

According to the footnote of my Latin Vulgate bible, in regards to Matthew 12:40,

40 “Three days”… Not complete days and nights; but part of three days, and three nights taken according to the way that the Hebrews counted their days and nights, viz., from evening to evening.

Jesus died at the three o’clock hour on Friday–that was day one. Friday evening sundown marked the start of day 2, as days are counted from sundown to sundown, not as we do from midnight to midnight. And Saturday evening marked the start of day 3. And Jesus rose on Sunday morning, right there, in day 3, according to Jewish time chronology.


#3

I looked this up a while ago - it’s the sort of thing you look up if you get into the Dake study bible or similar thing.

Some commentaries ignored this verse. Some said Jesus only meant “part of three days and three nights” - which would of course be easier to believe if Jesus had only mentioned the days. One commentary even said that Matthew had made a mistake when he wrote this.

Dake claims that when days & nights are both mentioned it cannot mean a part of three days. Cites there 1 Sam 12-13, Jonah 1:17 and others where it’s harder to see his point. He claims that that’s the reason why the guards were ordered to guard the tomb at least that long, that according to rabbinical teaching the spirit wandered round the body for three days hoping to re-enter the body, but when the spirit left corruption set in, and that embalmment did not take place until after the spirit left which was why the women were taking sweet spices to anoint Jesus (Mk16, Lk24) after the three full days and nights called “days of weeping”. He claims that the Sabbath (Jn19:31) that followed the crucifixion (a Thursday in this view) was a special sabbath, part of the Jewish festival and a special day when no servile work was to be done, as laid down in the law in Leviticus 23:6-11

Of course all of that may be hokum especially as, in connection with the resurrection, we find the phrase “the third day” eleven times (KJV) and that would mean, according to Jewish reckoning that Jesus died on a Friday. Dake prefers to ignore these 11 verses, coming up with a theory at odds with ancient Christian tradition on the basis of his interpretation of one verse.

I’ve tried to find a Catholic site that answers the question from a purely Catholic perspective - does anyone know of one? Or of very ECF that mention Friday as the day of the crucifixion? I didn’t find a catholic site - but did find one that claimed to prove, from Scripture, that Jesus rose on a Saturday. Ho hum.

Sorry - I don’t seem to have answered the question. :o

Blessings

Asteroid


#4

This very topic is also being discussed in this thread.


#5

All 4 of the Gospels cite that the day of the crucifiction was the day of preperation (for the sabbath), of course days of solemnity were also considered sabbaths in a looser sense, i.e. rash hashana, yom kippur, purim etc. etc… To find out the day simply turn to the Gospel according to John in chapter 19 where the centurions broke the legs of the two who were crucified beside Jesus ‘in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one…’ Clearly the day of the crucifixtion was friday, the day before the solemn sabbath of passover (remember maunday thursday, the last supper [passover meal]).:yup:


#6

Catholic Answers’ own Jimmy Akin discusses this issue on his website: www.cin.org/users/james/questions/q084.htm


#7

[quote=Pinatz]A fundamentalist pastor said on his radio program that Jesus could not have died on Good Friday because of what is stated in Matthew 12:40 (Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, 29 so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.) He focuses on the three nights. Is there an explanation for this?

God Bless
[/quote]

One (well, two) words explain all: SOLA SCRIPTURA. :rolleyes:


#8

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