Could Jesus have been crucified on a Wednesday?

Could Jesus have been crucified on a Wednesday?

Although current scholarship believes that the New Testament texts indicate a Friday crucifixion, a rising collection of commentators claim that the conventional Holy Week calendar is erroneous and that Jesus was killed on Wednesday rather than Friday. The Gospels do not specify a day of the week for the execution, but since Jewish law required a male criminal to be put to death during the Sabbath (the 7th day of the week), the likelihood is that it took place on Wednesday rather than Thursday or Saturday.

The traditional date of Easter is based on the assumption that Jesus' crucifixion occurred on a Friday. If this assumption is rejected then the date of Easter must be moved forward to coincide with Wednesday instead of Friday. This article will examine the evidence for and against the possibility of Jesus being crucified on Wednesday.

At first glance it might seem strange that there are no records of any executions occurring on Wednesday. However, this does not mean that they never happened. The Romans often fixed the day of the month and year when they wanted to carry out an execution. Sometimes they would fix the day of the month but not the year, in which case people would assume that the sentence had been carried out the previous Friday. So even if Wednesday was not recorded as an execution date, that does not mean that it was not used.

Why was the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday?

Friday the 13th Proponents of a Friday crucifixion argue that a part of a day was still regarded a full day in the Jewish perspective. So, if Jesus was in the grave for half of Friday, all of Saturday, and then part of Sunday, those three days would be included. According to Mark 15:42-43, Jesus was crucified on the day before the Sabbath. Since the day came after the evening of Thursday, the crucifixion occurred on Friday.

The Jews had no authority to execute anyone under Roman law, so they resorted to claiming that since Jesus violated their laws he was therefore worthy of death. However, the fact that Rome allowed for others to be crucified shows that it was not looking at this case very seriously. Indeed, there are reports that many people were put to death on Fridays (Mt 27:32).

Jesus' trial and sentencing to death were both held on Friday (Mt 26:2; Mk 14:1). The Romans did not want any distraction during Holy Week, so these trials were held early in the morning so as not to interfere with the ceremonies taking place in the temple area. As we know, Jesus did not deny his sins but claimed that God could forgive them because of his love for us. Therefore, he died as a sacrifice for our sins so that we may live again through him.

It is important to understand that the purpose of Jesus' execution was to bring justice for sin. He sacrificed himself so that we might have life everlasting.

Is it true that Jesus was crucified and resurrected on Sunday?

The vast majority of Christians believe that Jesus was killed on Friday and raised on Sunday, the first day of the week. But, if it is true, as most of us have been taught, there are some severe issues with Jesus' own statements in His predictions about His betrayal, death, and resurrection.

Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above." (John 3:3)

This means that to see the kingdom of God you must be born again. The Bible says that anyone who believes in Jesus will be saved from their sins and will have their ticket into heaven granted them.

But how can this be if Jesus was crucified on Friday and raised on Sunday? Well, if Jesus was raised on Sunday then those who believe would still need to be born again to see the kingdom of God because Jesus said that no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.

So, which is it? Did Jesus die on Friday or Sunday? The answer may lie in what day of the week Jesus was actually crucified. If we look at the Jewish calendar at the time of Christ's crucifixion, it was not a Friday but rather a Thursday.

Is it true that Friday was the day of the crucifixion?

Those who share this perspective argue that the Jews considered any part of a day as a complete day in order to establish that Friday was the day of the crucifixion. That instance, part of Friday is day one, part of Saturday is day two, and if it arose on Sunday morning, it is day three. This explanation contains several severe flaws. First, there is no evidence that the Jews treated parts of days as complete days; rather, the opposite is true. Second, even if they did consider parts of days as complete, this has no relevance for the date of Jesus' death. Third, this explanation conflicts with other facts about the timing of the crucifixion. The evidence suggests that a Friday evening execution would have been unusual because most executions during the time of Jesus took place on a weekend, when more people could witness them.

It is best to regard Friday as a regular day like any other day of the week. It was a day when the temple courts were open for business (Mark 14:58), the penalty for breaking the Sabbath law then was death (Exodus 31:14), and Jesus himself said that the Son of Man will be crucified on a Friday (Matt. 16:21).

The Gospels are clear that the trial before the Jewish Council began on Monday night and ended on Wednesday morning with the sentencing of Jesus to death by crucifixion. This was also the understanding of the early church fathers, including Paul's own interpreter, Luke.

About Article Author

Salena Hatch

Salena Hatch is a very experienced and skilled journalist. She has been working in the field for over 10 years and knows all there is to know about journalism. She loves her job because she gets to explore new aspects of the field every day, and learn more about how she can help people by writing about them.

Related posts