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