From the Errancy Discussion List, July 31, 1995:
...(the)...prophecy from Isaiah, which says that he'd [Jesus] be dead for 3 days and 3 nights.
Isaiah made no such prophecy; in fact, there is no prophecy ANYWHERE in the OT that the Messiah would rise from the dead on the third day. Yet Jesus allegedly said in Luke 24:46 that it had been "written" that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and the apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:4 that Christ had risen again the third day "according to the scriptures," so here are two NT passages that allege that the OT had spoken of a resurrection of the Messiah on the third day. I have made the challenge enough in both public and written debates to know that no one can produce any such OT reference. It is my contention, in fact, that there is NO prophecy anywhere of the Messiah's resurrection, period, although both Peter and Paul (according to Luke) claimed that Psalm 16:8 had prophesied of the resurrection (Acts 2:25-30; 13:35). Anyone can read that scripture in context and clearly see that it is straining imagination to the limits to make it a reference to the resurrection of Jesus.
Here is Paul Nanson's chance to make me eat dirt, because I am sending him a cc of this posting. To really show me up, all that he needs to do is produce an OT prophecy of the resurrection of the Messiah on the 3rd day. He can't do it. No one can do it.
Vain attempts have been made to cite Hosea 6:2 as a prophecy of the Messiah's resurrection on the third day, but just look at what it says: "Come, and let us return to Yahweh; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On he third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight."
Notice the plural objects of the raising up: "He will revive US; on the third day He will raise US up." Taken in context, the reader will see that this was a prophecy that referred to the nation of Israel. To try to make it a reference to the resurrection of Jesus is... well, typical inerrantist desperation.
We will now wait patiently for Nanson or some like-minded inerrantist to cite the OT scripture that said the Christ would rise again on the 3rd day.