Skip to comments.Bible-era earthquake reveals year of Jesus' crucifixion
Posted on 05/25/2012 8:42:58 PM PDT by NYFreeper
Jesus, as described in the New Testament, was most likely crucified on Friday April 3, 33 A.D.
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
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“The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 27, mentions that an earthquake coincided with the crucifixion”
I wonder if there was an “omen” associated with the earthquake and the crucifixion in those days?
Interestingly, the same article has a hyperlink to an article that casts doubt on the Shroud of Turin. In my opinion, that story is slanted against the Shroud. It concludes that since the Shroud is not exactly the same style as another shroud found from the same time, that the Shroud of Turin is not true.
Also, a subsequent and far more thorough analysis of the Shroud, which the hyperlink failed to mention, concluded that the Shroud did date from the time of Jesus.
Lastly, the claim of the main story to be able to pinpoint an earthquake of 2,000 years ago to an exact Friday day and time is highly questionable.
Which brings me to one of my hobby horses:
We already agree that our calendar is wrong, off by anywhere from 2 to 16 years, depending on who’s doing the reckoning, and further in error because of the absence of a year zero.
The more fundamental point is that God did not intend us to mark His years by the birth of Jesus.
If He had intended this we would have a Biblical fixing of the date.
Further, the day of Jesus’ birth is unremarkable as all men are born.
However, very few return from the dead, that event is remarkable, and it is the defining moment of Christianity, the very moment of proof that his sacrifice was not in vain. And the Bible gives a precise reference for when this happened!
Clearly this was the date the calendar was supposed to start!
For extra points, this means our calendar off by 33 years. That makes this 1979 After Resurrection, giving us 22 years to get our affairs in order before the real end of the millennium...
Sounds like the earth cried out when the Son of God died.
God seems to do things in “Threes”
All will be revealed...soon.
If that is the case, when did Jesus rise from the grave?
He answered that it was only wrong on three points: It is not red, it is not a fish and it does not walk backwards.
This date for the crucifixion is only wrong on that Jesus was not crucified on a Friday, the third of April, nor on 33ad.
They weren't pinpointing the exact date of the earthquake, only the year. They then deduced the crucifixion date from the date of Passover for that year.
I can vouch for the fact that during a tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher the guides will (or used to) let you feel down into the rock carved hole legend says held Jesus' cross. There is a noticeable crack in the rock at the base of the hole. Later they take you through a subterranean passage that leads beneath the huge boulder which forms the hill of Golgotha and point to a crack in the stone. Supposedly that crack runs through the boulder and bisects the aforementioned hole.
The guides explain that the earthquake that accompanied Christ's death split Golgotha in two.
Would a solar eclipse be more verifiable as to the time of the crucifixion?
On the third day, Sunday, April 5, 33 AD.
On the third day, Sunday, April 5, 33 AD.
Making 2012 the beginning of another.
Probably not, since eclipses don't cause a full 3 hours ...from the sixth hour until the ninth hour... of darkness.
If it was a solar eclipse, then it would have been truly a miracle. Solar eclipses as we know them can only occur during a new moon. Passover occurs during a full moon.
Well, the next day was the Sabbath (Saturday), so they were unable to dress the body with ointments. Therefore, they came back on the next day. That would be Sunday, the third day.
An interesting question indeed, because as Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:40:
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
The conundrum is left as an exercise to the reader.
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