CRUCIFIXION RIDDLE SOLVED?

Publication: The Times Of India Mumbai. Date May 26, 2012

 

Quake study says Jesus was

crucified on April 3, 33 AD

 

Washington: A study on earthquake activity at the Dead Sea has revealed the exact date of Jesus’ crucifixion, which has been debated for years. Researchers believe that Jesus, as described in the New Testament, was crucified on Friday April 3, 33 AD.

Textual and geological clues, along with astronomical data, support the date, the Discovery News reported.

Geologists investigated the 4,000-year chronology of earthquake disturbances within the uppermost 19 feet of laminated sediment of the Dead Sea to determine the exact date of Jesus’ crucifixion.

The latest investigation focused on earthquake activity at the Dead Sea, located 13 miles from Jerusalem.

To analyse earthquake activity in the region, geologist Jefferson Williams of Supersonic Geophysical and colleagues Markus Schwab and Achim Brauer of the German Research Center for Geosciences studied three cores from the beach of Ein Gedi Spa adjacent to the Dead Sea.

Varves, which are annual layers of deposition in the sediments, reveal that at least two major earthquakes affected the core: a widespread earthquake in 31 BC and an early first century seismic event that happened sometime between 26 AD – 36 AD.

The latter period occurred during “the years when Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea and when the earthquake of the Gospel of Matthew is historically constrained,” Williams said. “The day and date of the crucifixion (Good Friday) are known with a

fair degree of precision,” he said. But the year has been in question.

In terms of textual clues to the date of the crucifixion, Williams quoted a Nature paper authored by Colin Humphreys and Graeme Waddington. When data about the Jewish calendar and astronomical calculations are factored in, a handful of possible dates result, with Friday April 3, 33 AD being the best match, according to the researchers. ANI

Christ before Pontius Pilate, Mihály Munkácsy,...

Christ before Pontius Pilate, Mihály Munkácsy, 1881 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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