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This is in relation to another post in which the question was asked why the Sabbath was called "the day after the Day of Preparation."

It strikes me odd that Pharisees would be about this sort of thing on the Sabbath. What were the Pharisaic laws concerning the Sabbath at the time? Would they allow for the Pharisees to be going to Pilate to have the tomb secured and then go out and set the stone and secure the tomb on the Sabbath!?

Matthew 27:

62 On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, 63 saying, "Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise.' 64 Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead.' So the last deception will be worse than the first." 65 Pilate said to them, "You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how." 66 So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.

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@monica, perhaps you would have some insight on this. –  user2027 Mar 20 '13 at 18:03
    
@MonicaCellio Both would be helpful! –  user2027 Mar 20 '13 at 19:23
    
@MonicaCellio: Unfortunately, Matthew is unclear about whether it's preparation for Pesach or for the sabbath. In Mark, Jesus dies on Pesach which is described as the day of preparation for the sabbath, while in John Jesus dies on the day of preparation for Pesach (that is, at the time when the lambs were slaughtered). Matthew doesn't make it clear either way, and just says "the Day of Preparation." If you look at the previous chapter though, it appears that Matthew is following Mark's chronology, so I think he means this scene is happening on the sabbath. –  Noah Mar 21 '13 at 1:28
    
Note: the term we translate "day of preparation" was almost certainly a technical term for "Friday." (Sorry, no sources here, but I've read a number of scholars make a good case for this.) In view therefore is not "the day before Passover," but Friday, the day before the weekly Sabbath. –  Tim Gallant Jun 1 '13 at 3:38

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