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Overview Purcell shows that the traditional view for Easter (Palm Sunday, the Friday crucifixion and the Sunday morning resurrection) is not scriptural, but instead based on the Hebrew calendar, which is derived from the book of Exodus. The Easter festival was established with a Greek calendar much later. (Christian)
Publishers Description This book shows that the Traditional View for Easter (Palm Sunday, the Friday crucifixion and the Sunday morning resurrection) is not scriptural. Our derivation, for what really happened to Jesus, requires an understanding of the Hebrew calendar which is derived from the book of Exodus. This calendar is based on the moon and has all its days start just after sunset. The Hebrew calendar establishes all the rules for naming the weeks, celebrating the festivals, etc. Jesus was crucified on the Preparation Day, and was entombed during the Passover, on the spices and perfume Preparation Day and during the regular Jewish Sabbath. This is three days and three nights just as Jesus prophesied numerous times. The Easter festival was establish with a Greek calendar much later and can never explain the sign of Jonah. Everett is by training and experience an Aerospace Engineer but his background is much broader than that. He has Degrees in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics and Theology. He has taught school at three Universities and worked for three different Aerospace companies where he learned about computers, missiles and education. When he retired from Aeronutronic-Ford, he attended Seminary at Talbot Theological Seminary where he studied Biblical languages and Theology because he was interested in reading the Bible in its original languages. He became interested in the theological problems related to the Sign of Jonah and the celebration of Easter. This book is the result of these two later researches. He is thankful for this opportunity to serve and to honor Jesus Christ in clarifying the confusing problems that were discussed there.
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The scripture was right all along Dec 31, 2007
The inerrancy of scripture has always been a watershed issue for me. If something purports to be 100% truthful, and yet is not, how do you know what portions to believe? In fact, why would you ever trust anyone with the important issues in life (like eternal existence in heaven or hell) when you can prove that one of their repeated and main statements about their own veracity is patently false? Well, if Jesus is to be taken at His word (stated clearly nearly a dozen times in all four gospels), then He was to remain in the grave for "three days" and "three nights". Count them yourself. Crucified late on Friday afternoon (Good Friday) and Raised on Sunday morning at sunrise (Easter Sunday) doesn't give you the needed three days and nights, no matter how you slice it.
Over the centuries there have been several scholarly solutions offered up for this problem (part of day equals a whole day, etc), but all of these solutions leave you half convinced and disappointed. They all seem a little forced and leave you with a sense of "explaining away" the problem rather than "explaining" a true solution to the problem.
Well, the Sign of Jonah changes all of that. Not only is the offered solution satisfactory, but it leaves you with an even a greater respect for the veracity of the scripture. The problem is not with the scripture, the problem is with manmade traditions telling us what we "think" the scriptures should say. Boy does this book show how connected the Old and New Testaments are and how they dovetail with one another in even the minutest details.
Properly understood, the implications of this book are enormous for those who find their safety and guidance within the institutional church rather than directly from the Word of God itself. I don't want to give too much away here, but if "Palm Sunday", "Good Friday" and "Easter Sunday" turn out not to be what you thought they were, then let this book be an encouragement to jump headlong into the scriptures, knowing that you can trust every word of it.
Hats off to the author for his probing, articulate, thorough and satisfying solution to this problem !