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 However, the Pharisees taught that it was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Fifteenth of Nisan.
As far as whose opinion was correct, the Sadducees or Pharisees, is not at issue here. What is important is the dispute itself! They were arguing over which Sabbath was correct. Which one of the two! There is the regular weekly Sabbath and then there is the annual Sabbath of the Fifteenth of Nisan(Abib), whatever day of the week it may be. This will play a significant role in the passion chronology.
Rabbinic Math, Counting Part of a Day
If you point out to someone that Friday afternoon to Sunday morning is not three days and three nights, just as Jesus prophesied, they react like a gunslinger in the old west. They will pull out the argument, "The Jews counted any part of a day as a whole day.” End of the argument, at least for them.
However, those who whip out this argument so deftly, are likely just parroting what they have heard. Those they heard it from, are repeating it from someone else, and so on, ad nauseam. The point here is that most people who repeat this argument, have not investigated the matter for themselves. They have been reduced to a Parrot Christian, blindly repeating whatever they hear from
the pulpit.
If we truly take the time to investigate this concept, we will find that it is not a
Biblical idea or practice, but is indeed a Jewish idea. It is a concept that comes from the Talmud. The Talmud is that repository of Pharisaic or Rabbinical ideals and judgements by which they nullify the Word of God.
The Onah
This concept of a part of day counting as the whole day can be summed up in the Jewish word, Onah.

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