Introduction
In the book, the Time of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection,
Samuele Bacchiocchi makes the claim that the crucifixion was on
Friday afternoon and the resurrection was on Sunday morning.

In The Companion Bible, E.W. Bullinger makes the claim that the
crucifixion was on Wednesday afternoon and the resurrection was
on Saturday at about sunset.

It is quite remarkable that here we have two Protestant scholars
that have come to a very different conclusion on the timing of the
crucifixion and the resurrection.  Not that it is uncommon for
scholars to differ, for it is well known that one can find a scholar to
suit his particular stripe of belief – regardless of what it may be!  
But that both of these men have a good understanding of the
Greek and can look at the same Greek text and come to totally
different conclusions about something as simple as when the Christ
was put into the tomb and when He rose from the tomb is
remarkable!

Dr. Bullinger lived from 1837-1913.  He wrote general reference
books on the Bible as well as books on topical subjects of the
Bible.  Here is a statement from the Foreword in his book, Great
Cloud of Witnesses, by Waren W. Wiersbe: “He (Bullinger) was a
careful student of the Word and a recognized scholar in the field of
Biblical languages.  In fact, the Archbishop of Canterbury granted
him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1881 in the
recognition of his Biblical scholarship.”

As we can see, Dr. Bullinger was no mean scholar.  “He trained for
the Anglican Church ministry at King’s College, London, showing
great skill in the study and use of Biblical languages.”

Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi is currently professor of Church History
and Theology at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs,
Michigan.  He is a graduate from the Pontifical Gregorian
University in Rome.  He received a gold medal from Pope Paul VI
for earning the academic distinction of summa cum laude.  He has
authored several best sellers about various doctrinal subjects.  His
religious persuasion is Seventh Day Adventist.

In this paper, we will examine Dr. Bacchiocchi’s arguments in his
book, the Time of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.  We will
look at his claims, which go contrary to Dr. Bullinger’s arguments
and the Word of God.

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