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rstrats
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:50 am    Post subject: Acts 10:30  Reply with quote

Acts 10:30 has Cornelius saying "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour;..."  We don't know what day it was, but let's say  for the purpose of this question that it was a Thursday when he made the statement. To what day of the week would you think he was referring?
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: Acts 10:30 Reply with quote

rstrats wrote:
Acts 10:30 has Cornelius saying "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour;..."  We don't know what day it was, but let's say  for the purpose of this question that it was a Thursday when he made the statement. To what day of the week would you think he was referring?


Why do you think the day is significant?
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Presumably Monday, as the Thursday (and therefore the Monday also) would be counted as a whole day, irrespective of the actual time of day he made that statement.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it really matter?
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Floo wrote:
Does it really matter?


I don't don't know. It would help if rstrats expanded a bit more on his question.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think it is the day itself which this is about, but about the use of language. I believe that rstrats is making the point that someone can describe a period of three days as four days, as in this example. If something happened on Monday and it is now Thursday, they might simply count the days "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 4", whereas in fact of course it would only be three days ago. If the thing happened on Monday, one day later it is Tuesday, two days later it is Wednesday and three days later it is Thursday.

I am speculating a lot here because, as Paul points out, rstrats never explains what he is getting at.

I think the significance of this is to do with the resurrection. I think it is to do with the difference between saying something happened "on the third day" and saying it happened "after three days".

People sometimes refer to Jesus being in the tomb for three days. But the story as it is described in the Gospels shows him being in the tomb for about a day and a half (from some time on Friday afternoon to sometime overnight in the wee small hours of Sunday).

I don't know what rstrats thinks about any of this, because he never says.

Oh and there's a story about Jonah which some people think is problematic in light of this. (Jesus uses the story of Jonah being in the belly of the creature in the sea for three days as an analogy for being dead for three days, which is taken to be a foretelling of the Easter events, which for some people means they have to retell the Easter story so he is in the tomb longer, because otherwise the analogy is flawed (heaven forbid!!).

Again, don't know what rstrats angle is.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 4:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Acts 10:30 Reply with quote

Ketty,

re:  "Why do you think the day is significant?"


Why do you need that information in order to answer the OP question?
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul,
re:  Presumably Monday..."

OK, thanks.  I will add your answer to the Monday side of the survey.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cyberman,
re:  "Again, don't know what rstrats angle is."

His angle is to survey folks with regard to the number of days involved with the events outlined in Acts 10:1-33.
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rstrats wrote:
cyberman,
re:  "Again, don't know what rstrats angle is."

His angle is to survey folks with regard to the number of days involved with the events outlined in Acts 10:1-33.


No, that's what you are doing. Your angle is why you are doing it. To deny that such a survey is a means to an end would be disingenuous.

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