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When Was Jesus Christ Resurrected?

By April 28, 2011

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Since Easter Sunday I've continued to study about the resurrection of Jesus Christ in my personal scripture study. As I've studied the last week of the Savior's life, including the Atonement, His Death, and Resurrection, I've been a bit confused about the timing of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Jesus taught that He would be resurrected three days after His death, which occurred on the following Sunday after His death, but I was having trouble understanding how three full days fit in between His death and resurrection (which we celebrate on Easter Sunday).

During my study I found the following quote by Elder James E. Talmage, apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and noted scholar on the life and ministry of Jesus, which clearly answered my question:
"This specification of the third day must not be understood as meaning after three full days. The Jews began their counting of the daily hours with sunset; therefore the hour before sunset and the hour following belonged to different days. Jesus died and was interred during Friday afternoon. His body lay in the tomb, dead, during part of Friday (first day), throughout Saturday, or as we divide the days, from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday, (second day), and part of Sunday (third day). We know not at what hour between Saturday sunset and Sunday dawn He rose."1
Studying about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ has been a wonderful joy as I've continued to learn about the gospel of Christ including this clarification of when Jesus Christ was resurrected.

Learn more about Jesus Christ, such as the Last Words of Jesus, or browse through the category about Jesus Christ for other great articles and resources.

1. James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 32d ed. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1946, p. 697. Quoted in The Life and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1979, 192.

Photograph: Burial of Christ Painting by Carl Bloch (1834-1890); Public Domain
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May 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm
(1) Gerald says:

I read your article on ‘When was Jesus Ressurred’. If you read the Book of
Mormon it will tell you the He died
on Wednesday, the day before the
high sabbath. Passover – Thursday.
This is why the were able to purchase
the oinment for proper burrial. This
gives three days. Talmage missed
it, also. Read carefully what the
women did & you will see. Book of
Mormon tells you.

May 9, 2011 at 7:45 am
(2) Will says:

Well… hold on now. In Matthew 12, Christ tells us three days AND THREE NIGHTS (The sign of Jonas). Now, as all revelation tells us he rose Sunday, that really only leaves us with Thursday as the day He died and was buried.

Then you get Thursday, Friday and Saturday as the days, and He rose before the sunrise on Sunday, which is why the tomb was already empty before Mary got there.

May 9, 2011 at 7:46 am
(3) Will says:

Which also explains why all the timelines we have say “We don’t know what happened Thursday” Well, everything that was chalked up to Friday should be on Thursday, and altered accordingly, IMHO

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