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Three Days and Three Nights

#1  Postby rstrats » Jul 27, 2013 12:22 am

Whenever the three days and three nights of Matthew 12:40 is brought up in a “discussion” with 6th day crucifixion proponents, they frequently argue that it is a common Jewish idiom for counting any part of a day as a whole day. I wonder if anyone knows of any writing from the first century or before that shows a phrase stating a specific number of days and/or a specific number of nights when it absolutely couldn't have included at least a part of each one of the specific number of days and at least a part of each one of the specific number of nights?
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Re: Three Days and Three Nights

#2  Postby james1v » Jul 27, 2013 12:56 am

If i had a glass eye, it would be going to sleep right now.


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Three days, night and day versus three nights and three days

#3  Postby rstrats » May 19, 2021 10:57 am

Can anyone make a case for why "3 days, night and day" isn't necessarily the same as "3 nights and 3 days"?
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Re: Three days, night and day versus three nights and three days

#4  Postby Ironclad » May 19, 2021 12:16 pm

One has 24hrs fewer? :dunno:
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Re: Three days, night and day versus three nights and three days

#5  Postby jamest » May 19, 2021 12:17 pm

Sunset time changes every day, so say tonight's sunset is at 9pm and 3 days on sunset is at 9:02 pm, 3 nights and 3 days will be a couple of minutes longer than 3 days night and day if a day is considered to start at midnight.
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Re: Three days, night and day versus three nights and three days

#6  Postby Spearthrower » May 19, 2021 3:45 pm

How peculiar.

2 posts on this forum, and both on the same topic, albeit separated by 8 years!


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rstrats wrote:Whenever the three days and three nights of Matthew 12:40 is brought up in a “discussion” with 6th day crucifixion proponents, they frequently argue that it is a common Jewish idiom for counting any part of a day as a whole day. I wonder if anyone knows of any writing from the first century or before that shows a phrase stating a specific number of days and/or a specific number of nights when it absolutely couldn't have included at least a part of each one of the specific number of days and at least a part of each one of the specific number of nights?


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That's a long time to be looking for the answer.

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#7  Postby campermon » May 19, 2021 7:48 pm

Whichever way you put it, that's one impressive drinking session! :grin:

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Re: Three Days and Three Nights

#8  Postby Challenger007 » May 27, 2021 11:00 am

rstrats wrote:Whenever the three days and three nights of Matthew 12:40 is brought up in a “discussion” with 6th day crucifixion proponents, they frequently argue that it is a common Jewish idiom for counting any part of a day as a whole day. I wonder if anyone knows of any writing from the first century or before that shows a phrase stating a specific number of days and/or a specific number of nights when it absolutely couldn't have included at least a part of each one of the specific number of days and at least a part of each one of the specific number of nights?


I believe that the old scriptures contain many inaccuracies. First, we don't know how accurate the numbering system was. Secondly, we do not know at all how accurate the information is. In those days, writing was not so widespread, a lot was transmitted orally and we cannot be sure that no part of the story was changed by accident or on purpose. Plus, add inaccuracies in translation from dead languages.
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