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 This silliness of counting a partial day as a whole day has dug a hole that many cannot find a way out of it.
When we take into account the disciples conversation with Jesus on the Emmaus Road, with the request of the Pharisees to make the tomb secure “until the third day.” It is obvious that they took Jesus’ statement about being in the heart of the earth three days and three nights in its most natural sense. In their request, they argued that Jesus said He would be raised “after three days.”
How Did Jesus Understand “Three days”?
It first should be noticed, how Jesus framed this statement to the scribes and Pharisees. He said, “Three Days and Three Nights.” In so doing, He is pointing to both the daylight and night time portion of a day. He is speaking of three full 24 hour periods. This is the time-frame of the prophecy. Jesus does not waste words, nor craft what He says according to the traditions of men. He did not frame this according to the partial counting of the Pharisaical rabbis.
In John 11, Jesus informs us how He understands a day and a night.
9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
The question Jesus asks demands a positive answer, Yes. He clearly states that, yes, a day contains 12 hours. He defines day as the time a man walks when there is light. He then defines night as the time when there is no light. I realize He is using this as a spiritual lesson for the disciples, however, this does not take away from the natural truth of the statement.
The following is the reckoning of day time hours and night time hours, used in First Century Judean community life.
12 hours of day
1st Hour — Sunrise to approx. 9am 3rd Hour — 9am to Noon
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