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 timeframe that Mark 16:9 does. However, in time, with the Jewish meaning lost, it is likely the reason we came to hold the belief of a Sunday morning resurrection.
Summation
To sum this up, we have established the following.
The Didascalia Apostolorum puts forth a chronology of the Passion week that includes a Tuesday night Last Supper/Passover and Jesus' arrest and abuse on Wednesday at Caiaphas' house.
1. It prolongs the passion week by two days to reach a Friday crucifixion.
2. It establishes the resurrection of Jesus just three hours after the end of the
weekly Sabbath.
3. The Didascalia is used as the basis for the Apostolic Constitutions, written over
one-hundred years later.
4. The Constitutions removed the mention of Tuesday/Wednesday (third day and
fourth day of the week) from the passion chronology.
5. The Constitutions retained the resurrection at the end of the weekly Sabbath or
the beginning of the first day of the week.
There is no logical reason for the writers and teachers of the first three centuries of the Church, to include a third day and fourth day of the week into the Passion narrative, unless it were held as a true tradition based in fact. The fact that it is present in the Didascalia, then removed in the Constitutions, shows that the chronology of the Passion week underwent a significant change between the Third and Fourth Centuries.
We are now simply trying to recover what has been lost from the original narrative. In the same way that Nehemiah had to recover the original stones from under the previous generation's debris, to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, we are having to remove centuries of man-made debris, to recover the true chronology of our Lord's Passion.
The end of the matter is to "Let God be true and every man a liar." The Witness of God in Christ stands sure and steadfast. Jesus was truly in the heart of the earth
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