Ed Edwards, "... ... Matthew 12:39-40 (NIV): He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 'Day' and 'night' here contrast each other: 'day' = the 12 hours of the daily cycle where light is predominate 'night' = the 12 hours of the daily cycle were dark is predominate three days + 3 nights = 3 (12 hours) + 3 (12 hours) = 36 hours + 36 hours = 72 hours The arithmetic part of mathematics is lots truer (though not scripture) than history books (where people have reasons to lie). But it sure seems to me that Jesus predicted he would be '72 hours in the belly of the earth'. So that is what I said. The traditional Friday to Sunday morning is Friday (our time) 6PM to Midnight - 6 hours of night Saturday Midnight to 6AM - 6 hours of night Saturday 6AM to 6PM - 12 hours of day Saturday 6PM to Midnight - 6 hours of night Sunday Midnight to 6 am - 6 hours of night Adds up to 24 hours of might and 12 hours of day = 36 hours NOT 76 hours needed So the Traditional Friday to Sunday morning burial of Jesus is WRONG - it does not fulfill the prophecy of Jesus." GE: "as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." is not --- Ed Edwards: "3 nights and 3 days in the belly of the earth:" Do not say this is my, 'pet' theory. It is not. I accept the words of Mt12:40. Stick to them and their contextual meaning, to find 'my', 'theory'. The most obvious difference, dear Ed, between your 'interpretation' and mine, is that I hold together what has been put together, where as you do not. As a result, you make of what was figurative, literal; and of what was literal, figurative. Spot the places, and win the insight.