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What Happened Between Crucifixion and Resurrection

Fr. Gregory Elder answers:

Question: Dear Father Gregory, Do people know what happened to Jesus between the time that he died and Easter Sunday and when he rose from the dead? Was he just dead or did he go some place? Answer: This question was put to me by a student, and it often comes up around Easter time when these sorts of issues are reflected on by the churches. In traditional Christian belief, this period between the death and rising of Jesus is referred to as the harrowing of hell. Of course no theologian would state that human knowledge of this brief period is certain, but this has not stopped people from proposing some very colorful ideas of what happened to Jesus after his death on Calvary.
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