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Matthew 12:40

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But maybe someone new looking in will know of examples to support their belief that the Messiah was employing common figure of speech/colloquial language. 

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With the new year upon us maybe a further wording of the OP will make it more clear:
 
1. The Messiah said that three nights would be involved with His time in the "heart of the earth".
 
2. There are some who 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.
 
3. Of those, there are some who believe that the "heart of the earth" is referring to the tomb.
 
4. However, those two beliefs allow for only 2 nights to be involved.
 
5. To account for the discrepancy, some of the above say that the Messiah was using common figure of speech/colloquial language of the time, i.e., that it is was common to forecast or say that a day or a night would be involved with an event when no part of the day or no part of the night could occur.
 
6. In order for someone to legitimately say that it was common they would have to know of more that 1 example to make that assertion.
 
I am simply wondering if anyone knows of examples to support the idea of commonality?
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We do a similar thing today at times.

We might say "I spent 5 days at Niagra Falls", but we arrived there some time monday and left sometime friday.

Everyone knows what we mean.

As to the specific application.... it is oft repeated, but in my experience never supported.....

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7 hours ago, DaveW said:

DaveW,
re:  "We do a similar thing today at times. We might say 'I spent 5 days at Niagra Falls', but we arrived there some time monday and left sometime friday. Everyone knows what we mean. "

 

I don't see any similarity.  In your example I assume that everyone would understand that at least a portion of each one of 5 calendar days would be involved.  
But would anyone understand that no part of a 5th calendar day would be spent at the Falls?

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Almost five years and folks are still focusing on what people believe and think and not what the bible teaches.  A thorough study of the scriptures teaches that Christ died on a Wednesday and was in the tomb 3 full days and nights and emerged on Sunday.  The door to the tomb shut at exactly 6pm on Wednesday, making that Thursday and opened on Saturday at 6pm making that Sunday.

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8 hours ago, DaveW said:

swathdiver,

re:  "A thorough study of the scriptures teaches that Christ died on a Wednesday and was in the tomb 3 full days and nights and emerged on Sunday."  

That would be an issue for a different topic. 

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