Did Christ really die on a Friday? Evidence points otherwise.

Discussion in 'The Gospels & Acts' started by Doulos McKenzie, Apr 3, 2018.

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  1. Doulos McKenzie

    Doulos McKenzie Puritan Board Freshman

  2. Bill The Baptist

    Bill The Baptist Puritan Board Graduate

  3. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

    This is basically the argument that Boice used. He, too, believed that Christ was crucified on a Thursday. However, there are two points that are in dispute (and I'm not necessarily rejecting his position, I think it's possible. However, it is not a proven position). Firstly, the plural "sabbaton" cannot bear the weight that he puts on it. The plural means the singular in the LXX of the Fourth Commandment. The reason why is sometimes explained this way: Jews kept track of days by means of the Sabbath. Therefore, the Sabbath often stood for a whole week. The plural hints at the multiple days within the week.

    Secondly, the Jews also used parts of a day to count for a whole day, even including the phrase "three days and three nights." The premier example is that of Esther, who requests Mordecai to ask the Jewish people to fast for three days and three nights. But then she goes to the king on the third day. In other words, care must be taken in interpreting the phrase "three days and three nights." A literal meaning is possible, but it is not the only possibility. What is clear is that both explanations are possible, and both fit with the biblical data.
  4. Timotheos

    Timotheos Puritan Board Freshman

    Here's a simple yet often ignored truth. Does anyone know what the Greek word for "friday" is? Hint: it is the same as "preparation". So, Mark 15:42, "When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day [Friday], that is, the day before the Sabbath," Clears a lot of stuff up!
  5. Doulos McKenzie

    Doulos McKenzie Puritan Board Freshman

    But if you read the article you would know that there was two Sabbaths that week. 1. The High Sabbath following the slaughtering of the Passover lamb. (Friday) and 2. The weekly Sabbath.
  6. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    The article says there were two sabbaths that week IF the year assumed in the article (AD 30) is correct, for which the article fails to give much support. That was a pretty big hole in the article, I thought.

    In the end, having read a number of articles like this one through the years, I've concluded that it could have been either Thursday or Friday and which of those it was doesn't matter much. The gospel writers seem much more interested in the day of the week of the resurrection.
  7. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    I suppose it matters if one is intent on preserving 'good Friday.'
    As should we. Say no to pretended holy days (maybe I'm done with that topic for a while, at least the end of the year).
  8. SeanPatrickCornell

    SeanPatrickCornell Puritan Board Freshman

    However, it's been said that "Day of Preparation" only applied to the sixth day of the week, the day before the weekly Sabbath. It's been pointed out to me that "Day of Preparation" was not used for the day before "special" Sabbaths, like the Passover.

    Therefore, even is the Passover were on Friday, it would still be called "The Day of Preparation", because the weekly Sabbath was the following day.
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