Wrong on Resurrection timeline
Re. the April 1 letter “Resurrection not proven” from Bruce Braden: I want to respond to his difficulty in understanding “the three days and three nights” Jesus declared he would be in the tomb.
The New Testament does not tell us, as Mr. Braden said, that Jesus was entombed “one day, parts of two other days, but only two nights.” It tells us there was a Passover high holy day, a “day of preparation” and a regular Saturday “Sabbath” holy day.
Remember the Jewish “day” runs sunset to sunset. In actuality, in the year Jesus died, it was a Wednesday (not Friday). He was entombed before Wednesday sunset when that year’s Passover began, ending 24 hours later at Thursday sunset.
Then came another 24 hours for “the day of preparation,” when the women gathered their herbs and spices, which ended at Friday sunset.
Then came another 24 hours for the regular weekly Sabbath (Saturday) holy day.
Rising from his tomb anytime after sunset Saturday would have fulfilled Jesus’ declaration of “three days and three nights” and that is exactly when the New Testament states the Resurrection happened, between sunset Saturday and sunrise Sunday.