Many authors have suggested various means of resolving all the mysteries about the date of the crucifixion.
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 B. and an early first century seismic event that happened sometime between 26 A. Located beneath a modern condominium complex less than two miles south of the Old City of Jerusalem, this first-century burial, now named "patio tomb," is only 200 feet away from a second tomb, dubbed the "Jesus Family Tomb." Lying beneath a garden area in the same condominium complex, the burial was discovered in 1980.
It contained 10 ossuaries, six of them inscribed with names associated with Jesus and his family.
On Earthquakes, Bloody Moons, and Dating the Crucifixion By: S. Thomason It was a dark day when Jesus was crucified.
One can only imagine the immense pain and despair that Jesus’ family, friends, and apostles felt as they watched the torture and apparent death of our Savior.
The latest investigation, reported in the journal International Geology Review, focused on earthquake activity at the Dead Sea, located 13 miles from Jerusalem.
The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 27, mentions that an earthquake coincided with the crucifixion: "And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. When data about the Jewish calendar and astronomical calculations are factored in, a handful of possible dates result, with Friday April 3, 33 A. being the best match, according to the researchers.The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open." To analyze 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 the Ein Gedi Spa adjacent to the Dead Sea. In terms of the earthquake data alone, Williams and his team acknowledge that the seismic activity associated with the crucifixion could refer to "an earthquake that occurred sometime before or after the crucifixion and was in effect 'borrowed' by the author of the Gospel of Matthew, and a local earthquake between 26 and 36 A. that was sufficiently energetic to deform the sediments of Ein Gedi but not energetic enough to produce a still extant and extra-biblical historical record." -- This tomb, carved out of rock, could be "directly connected to Jesus' first followers, those who knew him personally, and to Jesus himself," according to researchers.Wayne Spencer Jesus Christ's crucifixion is one of the most important events in the history of the world. Yet there has not been a good consensus among scholars about the exact date of the crucifixion.I will follow the work of Cambridge professor Colin Humphreys based on his book, "The Mystery of the Last Supper," published in 2011 .All four gospels agree that Jesus was crucified on the Day of Preparation (Matthew ; Mark ; Luke ; John , 31, 42). H., The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament. Please visit my new blog at Christian Apologistweb. The author lives with her two sons, chief security officer/pooch, and husband who would rather be living in a houseboat near his identical twin brother.