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    Is Matthew 12:40 using common idiomatic language?

    Matthew 12:40 quotes the Messiah saying that He would be in the "heart of the earth" for 3 days and 3 nights. A majority of folks believe that the crucifixion took place on the 6th day of the week, with the resurrection taking place on the 1st day of the week. This period of time, however, would only allow for 2 night times. To account for this discrepancy, it is sometimes "argued" that the verse is using common Jewish idiomatic language of the time.

    I wonder if anyone (who thinks that the crucifixion took place on the 6th day of the week and who thinks that the "heart of the earth" is referring to the tomb) knows of any examples which show a phrase from the first century or before which forecasts a specific number of days and/or a specific number of nights when the actual period of time couldn't have included at least parts of each one of the specific number of days and/or at least parts of each one of the specific number of nights?



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