Where Does it Say the Messiah Would Rise On the Third Day in the Jewish Scriptures?
by Eric Chabot
Something that can tend to be overlooked is something Paul says in his well know resurrection text in 1 Cor. 15:
“ For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”- 1 Cor 15: 1-4
Obviously, we believe Jesus rose on the third day. I have noted elsewhere that the Tanakh does teach the importance of the Messiah rising from the dead. But a common question is where does it say in the Jewish Scriptures in that the Messiah would rise on the third day? The short answer is there is no text that specifically says the Messiah will rise on the third day. So did Paul lie? Is he employing some kind of special Jewish hermeneutics here? In Michael Brown’s Answering Jewish Objections, Vol 3, he notes that there are several places in the Jewish Scriptures where God does something very special on the third day. For example…