[b-hebrew] three days

Jerry Shepherd jerry.shepherd at taylor-edu.ca
Wed Jun 16 17:23:55 EDT 2004


In addition to what Tony has mentioned, I wonder if there might be some
Exodus imagery playing as well, with the various "three days" mentions
in that narrative, in particular, the three day journey into the
wilderness, and the three days wait before crossing the Jordan (Exod
3:18; 5:3; 8:27; 15:22; Num 10:33; 33:8; Josh 1:11; 2:16, 22; 3:2).
Perhaps three days is a kind of standard preparation time.


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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tony Costa [mailto:tmcos at rogers.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 3:04 PM
> To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] three days
> Yigal, if I may also add, the 3 days are also mentioned in Gen.22:4
> (NASB),
> "On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a
> distance.", in Exod.19:10-11 (NASB), "The LORD also said to Moses, "Go
> the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash
> garments; and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third
> the
> LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people."
> Another
> place is Esther 4:16 (NASB), ""Go, assemble all the Jews who are found
> Susa, and fast for me;  do not eat or drink for three days, night or
> I
> and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in
> the
> king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish."
> It appears from all these passages that the third day is the day of
> redemption, salvation and revelation. In Hosea 6:2 (NASB), the same
> thought
> is evident, "He [God] will revive us after two days; He will raise us
> on
> the third day, That we may live before Him." Three appears also as the
> numer
> of witness and attestation since 2 or 3 witnesses were necessary to
> establish a case in judicial proceedings. In the NT this idea of 3
days is
> important as the third day is the day of the resurrection of Jesus.
> story of Jonah being in the stomach of the great fish is used in the
NT as
> an analogy of Jesus' entombment for  3 days prior to his resurrection.
> (Matthew 12:40) It would appear that the same is happening in the
cases of
> Ezra and Nehemiah. Best regards,
> Tony Costa
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
> To: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>;
> <biblical-studies at yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 5:33 PM
> Subject: [b-hebrew] three days
> When Ezra sets out for Judah, he waits for three days before setting
> (8:15). Upon arrival at Jerusalem, he waits another three days (9:32).
> does Nehemiah (2:11).
> What's with the tree days?
> Any ideas?
> Yigal Levin
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