1. The Messiah said that three nights would be involved with His time in the "heart of the earth". 2. There are some who believe that the crucifixion took place on the 6th day of the week with the resurrection taking place on the 1st day of the week. 3. Of those, there are some who believe that the "heart of the earth" is referring to the tomb. 4. However, those two beliefs allow for only 2 nights to be involved. 5. To account for the discrepancy, some of the above say that the Messiah was using common figure of speech/colloquial language of the time, i.e., that it is was common to forecast or say that a day or a night would be involved with an event when no part of the day or no part of the night could occur. 6. In order for someone to legitimately say that it was common, they would have to know of more that 1 example to make that assertion. I wonder if there is anyone here that knows of examples?