Today, there exists much confusion surrounding the dating and chronology of events taking place during the Passion Week of Christ. There are those who now are advocating for a Wednesday or a Thursday crucifixion and a Saturday resurrection. To the casual onlooker unschooled in the original languages, their points may initially appear to have some validity. But because this issue is so important – in that it affects so many other date-sensitive prophetic timelines in the Bible – it is imperative that we go into some further depth in order to examine these points. In this study, A Refutation Of Alternative Chronologies Of The Passion Week, we will touch on some of the major objections put forward by those who reject the traditional viewpoint of a Friday crucifixion and a Sunday resurrection – and we will explore their validity.



  • Introduction

  • The Traditional Christian View – Friday Crucifixion And Sunday Resurrection

  • Introduction To The Alternative Chronologies

  • Objection #1: “Scripture indicates there were two separate Sabbaths in between the time Jesus died and resurrected, making the crucifixion Wednesday or Thursday rather than Friday” 

  • Objection #2: “Certain passages of Scripture indicate that the resurrection took place on a Saturday rather than a Sunday”

  • Objection #3: “The women bought spices after the Sabbath (Mark 16:1) and prepared spices before they rested on the Sabbath (Luke 23:55-56)”

  • Objection #4: “A Friday crucifixion with a Sunday resurrection would violate the “3 days, 3 nights ‘sign of Jonah’ prophecy in Matthew 12:40” 

  • Further Considerations

  • Conclusion

  • Appendix

  • Sources

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