Jesus appeared alive on Sunday, “three days and three nights” after being crucified. That much is clear from Matthew. I don’t see anywhere what day of the week he was crucified on, although some events leading up to the crucifixion take place on specific days relating to Passover. How did we get the idea that Friday was three days and three nights from Sunday?
I also noticed a passage (Matthew 28: 51-53) that says, during the resurrection, tombs are opened and other holy people “leave the cemetery” and appear to loved ones all over Jerusalem. It’s not clear if these are zombies or ghosts, or whatever you call the JC move where your body disappears and you appear as some sort of spirit. I was actually kind of surprised this event didn’t get bigger play in any of the passion plays I’ve seen over the years. Does Christian theology just ignore it, or is there an interpretation?