Sunday, May 27, 2012

Scientists Think Jesus May Have Been Crucified on Friday April 3, 33 AD

Scientists believe that they have nailed down the exact date of when Jesus Christ was crucified. Here's how they came to that conclusion: 
A new study suggests that the Biblical date of Jesus' crucifixion is, in fact, possible to confirm.
The International Geology Review investigated an earthquake that was said to have occurred the same date as Jesus' crucifixion; which was most likely Friday April 3, 33 A.D.
In Gospel of of Matthew, Chapter 27 says: “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. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open.”
According to Discovery News, geologist Jefferson Williams of Supersonic Geophysical and colleagues Markus Schwab and Achim Brauer of the German Research Center for Geosciences, analyzed earthquake activity in the area by studying three cores from the Ein Gedi Spa beach.
The research confirmed that two major earthquakes have hit the area specified, one during the period between 26 BCE and 36 CE, and could be the one referred to in the Gospel of Matthew.
However, the earthquake data alone doesn't fully confirm the date. Williams, Schwab, and Brauer admit that the earthquake implied in the gospel could be allegorical, referring to the earthquake that occurred sometime before or after the crucifixion.
This earthquake would have been powerful enough to break apart the sediments of Ein Gedi but not enough to have warranted "a still extant and extra-biblical historical record."
“If the last possibility is true, this would mean that the report of an earthquake in the Gospel of Matthew is a type of allegory,” they write in the International Geology Review.
Determining when Jesus died is quite difficult because in order to determine the date of when he was crucified depends on when you believe Jesus was born. As a result, its a fruitless exercise when you consider this important fact: 
The mortal Jesus himself very likely didn’t know what his birth date was. We care so much because our culture is largely derived from Greece and Rome, where birthdays were kept. His disciples probably didn’t know when he was born; it wasn’t a question one would even ask.
As far as the exact date of when Jesus was crucified on the exact date of April 3, 33 is questionable for Mormons if you accept the April 6 theory of Jesus birth. Although it is a LDS Myth that Jesus was born on April 6, there are plenty of Mormons who accept that date despite the fact that it is not doctrinal nor can it be confirmed scientifically.

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