Okay, hold on a second. A Friday crucifixion does not take into account the 3 nights in the tomb. I think a lot of people get confused about the Sabbath thing, thinking that since the Sabbath starts on Friday at sundown, hence Christ must have been crucified then. What many don't realize is that it was the Passover Sabbath that was happening, which was a special Sabbath. (there are Biblical references to it being a special Sabbath i.e. Jn 19:31) If the 14th of Nisan occurred on a Tuesday, then the special Sabbath would occur on Tuesday and also on Friday of that week. Then factor in the Feast of Unleavened Bread and you have a lot of Jewish High Holy observances happening during the days just prior to the crucifixion. I did a whole post on this on my blog last year (http://darcsfalcon.wordpress.com/2008/03/21/not-so-good-friday/) if you're interested in reading. I agree with you that a lot of people looking to criticize Christianity see this as a sticking point, which it isn't. The important thing is not so much the day Christ was slain, but that He rose again.
I agree with darcsfalcon that "...a Friday crucifixion does not take into account the 3 nights in the tomb". I disagree with both of you on how to reckon things. Jesus died on the afternoon of 13th Nisan. The next Jewish day was Passover which is a special Sabbath. The normal day after that is the First day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which is also a Special Sabbath. That was then followed by the regular weekly Sabbath on 16th Nisan. The women went to the tomb after all the Sabbaths were over sometime after sundown on 16th Nisan which is the start of the Jewish day of 17th Nisan which would make it legal for them to buy spices.I have prepared a 3 part free online video series at www.inyourbible.com where i provide all the details and plenty of easy to follow charts. The lessons are numbered 133 - 135.Please consider,George
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