Listen to Nancy’s full response on Mornings with Kelli and Steve on Moody Radio here.
It’s important to be able to answer this question because people have walked away from their faith due to what they have perceived as an error in Scripture. However, we need to take into account the historical and cultural understanding of measuring days at that time. In the Jewish way of calculating days, any part of a day and night counts as a complete period. Thursday night is included as night one because the Jewish day starts at 6:00 pm and ends at 6:00 pm the following evening. Jesus being buried on Friday afternoon and rising on Sunday morning would have been considered three days and three nights.