posted on Sep, 11 2013 @ 09:20 PM
reply to post by rstrats
. . . insistence that Matthew 12:40 is using common Jewish idiomatic language to make 3 nights actually mean 2 nights is indeed
It's an assumption made to reconcile things that may be otherwise contradictory.
Another way to explain Jesus' quote of "three days and nights", that just occurred to me, is to look at the other enigmatic saying in that verse: "in
the heart of the physical world".
If there is a "prince of this world", then maybe he was saying that he was a captive of this metaphorical person, as Jonah was the "captive" of the
fish or whale.
John 14:30 & 31
I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn
that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
There is a translation of the Bible called The International Standard Version, which is supposed to be a "literal-idiomatic" translation.
It has an interesting take on Jeremiah 51:41,
"How Sheshak will be captured, and the prince of all the earth seized! How Babylon will become an object of horror among the nations!
where it ends up saying something very similar to the phrase in the gospel of John.
It interestingly uses the exact same spelling in the Greek for "the world", as in the the John verse here quoted.
The point being, Jesus does not say he is dead for three days and nights.
Once he was arrested in the garden of olives trees, he was being held by the powers of the earth, until he was resurrected into the new kingdom that
he was now the king of.
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