Easter chronology conundrum

As Christians worldwide prepare to celebrate Easter on Sunday, they will follow a familiar chronology: Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on “the third day,” in the

words of the ancient Nicene Creed. But if Jesus died at 3 p.m. Friday and vacated h  is tomb by dawn Sunday morning — about 40 hours later — how does that make three days? And do Hebrew Scriptures prophesy that timetable?

Even Pope Benedict XVI wrestles with the latter question in his new book, “Jesus: Holy Week,” about Jesus’s last days. “There is no direct scriptural testimony pointing to the ‘third day,’?” the pope concludes. Read more


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  1. Another piece of the puzzle is that according to the synoptic gospels Jesus was on the cross on Friday and according to the Gospel of John on Thursday.

    The only way out of the different conundrums about resurrection is to give up the obsession of making a man into a man-god hybrid and taking Jesus, may peace be on him as a Prophet of God, as presented by Islam or the Unitarian Christians.

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