Three Days in the Grave by Roy M. Allen

I just found my mislaid dust jacket for the rare book I have been writing about this month concerning the correct day of the week that Jesus was crucified. Here is the information from the dust jacket:


What day was Christ crucified–Wednesday? Thursday? Friday?

THREE DAYS in the Grave

by Roy M. Allen



Roy M. Allen, Sc. D.

Was the Lord Jesus Christ crucified on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?

Though the Bible does not tell us the day, Christians for centuries have observed Good Friday as the day of the crucifixion. However, if the Lord was buried on Friday evening and raised on Sunday morning, it is difficult to reconcile these verses:  “For 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” (Matthew 12:40); and “And beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done” (Luke 24:21).

As Dr. Allen points out, the celebration of Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter are not observances initiated by the apostles and continued to the present day; but rather are the creations of a later period. There is no indication in the New Testament that special days, other than the first day of the week, were ever observed.

That the wrong day is now remembered for the Lord’s crucifixion is possible because of the different methods of computing time used by the Jews and the Romans, and because the Jews observed special Sabbath days besides the seventh-day Sabbath.

In Three Days in the Grave, Dr. Allen examines Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as days when the crucifixion could have occurred and shows from the Scriptures how Thursday only fulfills the Old Testament prophecies and reveals the perfect harmony of the four Gospel  records. He discusses the events of each day from six days before the Passover until the resurrection; and shows in chart form the relationship between Jewish days, modern days, and the days of the month Nisan.

As you read this book you will gain greater understanding of Old Testament types of the cross and a new appreciation of its meaning.



Dr. Roy Allen is a scientist by profession–not a theologian–but he is also a believer in the faith once delivered to the saints, and in the divine inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures.

During an intensive study of the Biblical records of the crucifixion more than forty years ago, Dr. Allen was impressed with the difficulties and seeming contradictions that the traditional theory of a Friday crucifixion caused.

He began to study the evidence for himself and found that only a Thursday crucifixion fitted in with the Bible accounts. For several years he discussed this view in Bible classes that he taught; and after further study, in 1942, wrote Three Days in the Grave.

Dr. Allen has also written several other books–all on scientific subjects–and is the author of all the articles on the microscope and microscopy in the latest edition of the Encyclopedia Americana. He is a member of numerous scientific societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Microscopical Society; past president and life fellow of the New York Microscopical Society, and a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation and is well known as a lecturer.

For over fifteen years Dr. Allen worked in the research laboratories of the Bell Telephone System, and for the past 30 years has been a scientific consultant for many of the country’s large corporations, often in demand for technical testimony in litigation cases.


“Students who have had their pet theories as to the day on which our Lord was crucified should invest in a new book, THREE DAYS IN THE GRAVE by Roy M. Allen.

“The author is a scientist as well as a theologian and those who read this book will  realize that they are dealing with one capable of thinking to the bottom of things. Mr. Allen is one man who has fairly set forth the strongest arguments for the three theories–Friday, Wednesday and Thursday, presenting the arguments used against each and carefully analyzing all in the light of Scripture. While…(some attempt to)…make Friday fit in with Jewish ceremonies, Mr. Allen demolishes this completely. Wednesday crucifixion which the editor once attempted to defend in a tract, we admit is left tottering and we have been amazed that we so thoughtlessly used some passages for its support. The alternative, Thursday, seems to meet all Scripture statements in the most satisfactory way, meeting the words of Matthew 12:40 and every other  passage, as well as fitting the Passover details”  Keith Brooks, Prophecy Monthly

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