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QUESTION: You said Jesus was dead for [three days] and [three nights]

So let's address first the [three days]

So since their days began at sundown in the evening,,, then I either don't get the 3 days out of that Bro.

Now for the [three nights]

how can you say it's [THREE NIGHTS] since the scriptures tells us that it's only TWO NIGHTS??

And why others said that it was 3 am Jesus had risen but not 7 am???

Please explain these thoroughly for me Bro.


ANSWER: Hello Dave.

Hope you are well, thanks for writing.

The confusion comes with this expression "three days and three nights". Now what this actually meant in Jewish times is just "three days" but it doesn't have to be a full three day's it can mean "part of three days"

Now we see that here:

1 Sam 30:

12 "Further, they gave him a slice of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisins. Then he ate and his spirit returned to him; for he had not eaten bread or drunk water for three days and three nights"

This was during the day, on the third day they met him,before the third night, how do we know? Cause we see that here.

1 Kings 12:
5" At this he said to them: “Go away for three days and return to me.” So the people went away......12 And Jer·o·bo′am and all the people proceeded to come to Re·ho·bo′am on the third day, just as the king had spoken, saying: “Return to me on the third day"

So what we see from these two accounts is that parts of three day's would be referred to as three day's and nights. Parts of four days would be "four day's and four night's" and so on and so on.

So Jesus was in the grave here:

Part of friday day = 1 day

All of Friday night = 1 night

All of Saturday day= 2 days

All of Saturday night= 2 nights

Part of Sunday morning= 3 days

So Jesus was in the Grave three days and two nights. However the Jews would refer to that period of time as "three days and three night's"

Now he was risen very early on Sunday because we see that here

Matt 28 "After the sabbath, when it was growing light on the first day of the week"

The Sabbath was Saturday and as it was growing light the next morning on Sunday which was the first day of the week. They went to the grave and Jesus was already risen.

We see that was on the third day

1 cor 15:

4 "and that he was buried, yes, that he has been raised up the third day according to the Scriptures"

So Sunday morning they went to tend to Jesus and he wasn't there.

So he was raised at 7 am on Sunday morning not 3 am as 3 am is still during the night and therefore not the "third day".

Follow up if you need

Take Care

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QUESTION: hai again Dw,

You said, 3 am is still during the night and therefore not the "third day".??? how?? I mean, (3 am) is belong to morning not night because you said (am) not (pm)..

Thanks for the response


Hi Dave

Thanks for writing

The Jewish Day ran from 6 - 6, 6 pm was the start of the night,6 am was the start of the day.

Therefore 3 am would still be during the night. It was still nighttime until 6 am, which was day break.

Follow up if you need

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