“In the end of the Sabbath / Late on the Sabbath Day …”, Mt.28:1                       



My friend from South Africa, you are indeed most magnanimous in your display of hyperbole and backbush rhetoric. You presume that no one but you have studied the scripture and can ever understand its truth. I gave my reasons in the quote from A.T. Robertson, Ma, DD, LittD, professor of New Testament and Greek, writer of the Life of Christ and a notable Baptist. I should think he has a little more weight than you have thus far demonstrated. I shall believe him and his viewpoint. Have you read his harmony of the gospels? Have you read anyone's harmony of the gospels?


Many of us have years of study and we are not ignorant of scripture, as you presume. End of argument from my point of view. I shall continue to regard Sunday, the first day of the week, and the day our blessed Lord rose from the tomb, and the day we honour our Lord with worship and the gathering of the saints. The scripture is plain to me.



Robertson in his ‘Harmony’ renders opse sabbatohn, ON THE SABBATH LATE or words to the effect - I haven't now got the time to go fetch them exactly. And he in his Grammar gives explanation in favour of "late on the Sabbath", only to propose that if the meaning is determined not by grammar, but by exegesis, it may either be “after the Sabbath” or “late on the Sabbath”.

And Calvin argued Jesus was resurrected on the Sabbath, and in the very event of His resurrection – according to Calvin – abolished the Sabbath.


James Bailey, 19th cent.?

QB: The Bible Union renders the term by "late in." Meyer gives, "Late upon the Sabbath;" Lange, "But about the end;" Robinson, in Lexicon of Greek Testament, gives, "At the end of," "at the close of," "late,' "late evening," "at the end of the Sabbath;" De Wette and others, "After the Sabbath had ended;" Bloomfield, "After the Sabbath." While seeming to differ, critics substantially agree, as some begin where the others end.

Dr. Schaff, in a foot note on Lange, says: "The usual translation of opse (sero) Sabbatown is, toward the end of the Sabbath, or late in the Sabbath, meaning the closing period, near the end, but still during the Sabbath or late in the day. The Vulgate, vesperi sabbati; Beza, extremo sabbato; Tyndale, the sabbath day at even; Coverdale, upon the evening of the sabbath holy day; Cranmer, Genevan and Bishops versions, “in the latter end of the sabbath day”."

The Greek phrase translated "As it began to dawn" occurs but twice in the New Testament. In Luke 23: 54, it is rendered, "drew on" in the sense as given by Robinson, "to begin." Of Matt. 28:1, he says, "Trop, of the Jewish day beginning at sunset." Casauhon, an eminent critic and theologian at Geneva. in the sixteenth century, says the word is used properly of the first appearing of the heavenly bodies. This is in harmony with a Jewish custom to begin the day with the first appearing of the stars. The "drew on" of Luke, and the "beginning to dawn" (of the stars), would make the meaning of Matthew late in the Sabbath, and not the dawning of sunlight. This would also be in agreement with the Scriptural method of beginning the day at or near sunset.QE


Marshall: "Late of sabbath's";

Check Lightfoot, Coleridge, Young and Knoch!

Revised Version: "Now late on the Sabbath Day".

AT Robertson, 'Grammar' - see, 'Prof. Bacchiocchi refuses to hear these questions'.



I say we don't even need a direct reference to Jesus' resurrection on the Sabbath Day to know it was on the Sabbath Day – all the Scriptures from the nature of the Sabbath in them, show it would and should have been "In the Sabbath's-time"!


Robertson's Word Pictures ("Harmony"?) of the New Testament: Quote Part

Now late on the sabbath as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week (opse de sabbatwn, th epipwskoush ei? mian sabbatwn). This careful chronological statement according to Jewish days clearly means that before the sabbath was over, that is before six P.M., this visit by the women was made "to see the sepulchre" (qeorhsai ton tapon). Part QE


The 1599 Geneva Study Bible (in which Calvin played a major role), Mt.28:1, "In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre."




What day of the week Jesus died is trivial. What is important is that Jesus rose. I tend to adhere to the traditional burial on Friday/empty tomb on Sunday observance, but it is strictly my own pov. The one thing Scripture is clear on is that the empty tomb was discovered on the morning of the first day of the week (which would to us be Sunday).



No sure, clean and innocent and may God help me never to judge you for what you hold fast to.

But do you hold fast? No, you are most self-contradictory. Say you, “Irrelevant! ... trivial ...”, yet, “I shall continue to regard Sunday, the first day of the week, and the day our blessed Lord rose from the tomb, and the day we honour our Lord with worship and the gathering of the saints. The scripture is plain to me.

Nevertheless, God has a way of doing things, and one of His ways is to make important an opportunity for the worship of Him BY HIS CHILDREN. It has always been like that, and it has always been just the one day, "God thus concerning spoke", and that Day was "the Sabbath Day of the LORD your God", or, in NT terminology, "the Lord's Day". ONLY THAT, explains the importance the matter has FOR GOD, and then, "for the PEOPLE of God" – “YOUR God”. Hb.4:9 uses the word 'apoleipetai' - "stays important", or, "remains valid".

The importance of God's Sabbath Day derives from the Lord of the Sabbath, 1, and 2, the People of the Sabbath.

I have but one concern - where is it? In the SDA-Church? I don't think so! Then where SHOULD it be? In the Reformed, Protestant Churches, in the General Assembly of Believers, in the Church Universal! "He that despised Moses' Law, died without mercy ... of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy who ... hath ... counted (unholy) the blood of the covenant ..." - whereby the New Testament Sabbath - "... was sanctified"?

Is mine a preposterous use of Hb.10:29 with reference to the Sabbath seeing the NT Sabbath is sanctified by only the blood of Jesus' mercy?


ONLY THAT, its NAME – “the Lord’s Day” / “Sabbath of the LORD your God” – explains the importance the DAY has FOR GOD, and then, "for the PEOPLE of God".



Scripture is VERY CLEAR that the tomb was found empty on the morning of the first day. Kindly refrain from hijacking this thread into yet another one of your dead horse beatings.



Have I ever denied? Scripture is VERY CLEAR that the tomb was found empty on the morning of the first day, can't YOU see it? Scripture is VERY CLEAR that Jesus was raised before the morning of the first day. Clear?

Then why call it MY dead horse? My faith is built upon the LIVING TRUTH of CHRIST RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD – as the Scriptures promised and as the Scriptures confirmed – "in the Sabbath's fullness of day the First Day of the week pending ..."