As per request of the originator of another thread, this discussion is being moved to a new thread. The topic is the tension between the various Gospels stating that the resurrection was to have taken place on the third day, after three days, or after three days and nights. John's timeline is ambiguous. John has the Last Supper take place in the evening of 14 Nisan, i.e. after sundown on the day before Passover begins. It is therefore not a Passover Seder as it is in the Synoptic Gospels. This eliminates the major problem of the priests and the elders and the scribes having planned to have a trial, complete with witnesses, overnight on the first night of Passover. So far so good. (However, it also eliminates the Eucharist institution.) The Synoptic Gospels present a variety of timeframe expectations about the resurrection – on the third day, after three days, three days and nights. John is not clear. The only reference is in John 3:18-22. Jesus says, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”, referring to his body and the resurrection. Is that on the third day, after three days or after three days and nights? The Synoptic Gospels have the crucifixion happen in the afternoon on the first day of Passover. Mark and Luke state clearly that this is the Day of Preparation for the Sabbath. This can only be the weekly Sabbath. (Matthew’s reference is a little odd but let that be for now.) All three Synoptic Gospels have the visit to the tomb on Sunday morning, Mark and Luke have it in order to perform the anointing that could not be done once the weekly Sabbath had begun. Matthew omits any reason for going. John’s language is ambiguous and that would seem to be intentional. The crucifixion took place on the Day of Preparation for the Passover. (Jn 19:4) The bodies could not remain on the cross because it was the Day of Preparation for the Sabbath, that being a ‘great’ Sabbath. (Jn 19:31) What does John mean by ‘Sabbath’? Is this the weekly Sabbath on which the first day of Passover happens to fall? Or is it just the first day of Passover and John is calling it a great Sabbath because Sabbath rules will be in effect, such as no bodies hanging on crosses? The day of the week is ambiguous. The crucifixion might have been on a Friday or it might have been some other day. As with the other Gospels, John has the visit to the tomb on Sunday morning but gives no reason. In fact, he has eliminated the reason given by Mark and Luke by having the anointing already done before burial. To make sure you do not miss it, the anointing consists of a huge amount of myrrh and aloes. Also, unlike the other Gospels, John has only Mary Magdalene go to the tomb for unstated reasons. Does John have Jesus crucified on a Friday afternoon and a visit to the tomb for unknown reasons on Sunday morning? That is, Passover fell on the weekly Sabbath. Or does John have Jesus crucified on some other unspecified day and a visit to the tomb for unknown reasons on Sunday morning? That is, Passover did not fall on the weekly Sabbath. The ’on the third day, after three days, three days and three nights’ problem does not evaporate. It just gets swept under the rug, allowing the reader to apply their favorite interpretation.