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Offline geovar

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Three days and Three Nights
« on: March 31, 2012, 08:08:56 AM »
A friend recently asked a question on this scripture.
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For even as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so
will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth –
Matthew 12:40.

Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose on Easter Sunday, does that mean he
was in the grave for only 2 nights and 1 day? Isn't it supposed to be 3 days and
3 nights just like Jonah?
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I have put my answer in the link below. Responding to it makes me not so sure if i have it correct. I am hoping you can help me on how the Fathers have explained this and how within the Church . It will be a blessing to him and to me  if i could get him responses  from the communities we share communion or Orthodox Christian tradition


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Re: Three days and Three Nights
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Re: Three days and Three Nights
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2012, 11:21:17 AM »
Here you go...

http://answering-islam.org/Gilchrist/jonah.html#three

Ahh yes, inclusive reckoning...   except that it doesn't answer the question. Read Matt. 12:40 again.

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Re: Three days and Three Nights
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2012, 11:46:03 AM »
Here you go...

http://answering-islam.org/Gilchrist/jonah.html#three

Ahh yes, inclusive reckoning...   except that it doesn't answer the question. Read Matt. 12:40 again.

There's a lot of commentary on Matt 12:40 at http://bible.cc/matthew/12-40.htm
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Re: Three days and Three Nights
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2012, 01:10:56 PM »
I think clock-watching is not the most important aspect of the Resurrection.

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Re: Three days and Three Nights
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2012, 01:44:30 PM »
"And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour." Mk 15:33

Some say that this gives the "missing" day. Creation was disordered at the crucifixion, and the timing of the day was confused. This is why the rites for Bright Saturday are all out of the normal order, to commemorate this.

So At the 6th hour on Friday, darkness fell, and sunset was the start of the new day (and still is in the Church). At the ninth hour, the son shone again, and presumably set as normal at the 12th hour, the start of the second day. Then Saturday evening, the sun set again, starting the third day, on which Christ rose.

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Re: Three days and Three Nights
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2012, 11:34:24 PM »
forgot to attach the link

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndianOrthodox/message/31931

Thanks for the response / look forward to hear if any of the Holy fathers had written on this