A New Idea?
Some argue that...
"Over the past few years, there has developed a false notion that Jesus was not crucified on a Friday, but on a Wednesday, and that He was not resurrected on a Sunday, but on a Saturday. The main verse used to support this false view is Matthew 12:40 where Jesus says that “as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” With this statement, Wednesday supporters have made the assumption that “three days and three nights” refer to a literal 72 hours which, of course, cannot fit into the time frame of a Friday to a Sunday."
Answer: Some believe that this idea is recent. That it came about only in the 20th century with the Worldwide Church of God. But this is just not true.
In his book a History of the Saturday Resurrection by George Dillinger that you can download off our site here demonstrates that the belief of a Wednesday crucifixion and a Sabbath resurrection was around right from the beginning of The Christian religion.
Other articles we have on our site prove it as well: