deduced the exact day of Jesus’ death to be Friday, April 3, 33 A.D., based on
earthquake activities of the time, Discovery News reported Thursday.
To find out the
precise point Jesus had passed away, an international team of geologists
focused on a verse from the Gospel of Matthew, which describes 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. The earth shook, the
rocks split and the tombs broke open,” the book says.
assumed the “the Earth shook” part referred to actual seismic activity in the
Death Sea region that took place somewhere between 26 and 36 A.D., when the
infamous Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea.
Williams of Supersonic Geophysical, Markus Schwab and Achim Brauer of the German Research
Center for Geosciences looked at three
cores at a beach close to the Dead Sea.
They found that
at least one earthquake large enough to affect the core had occurred during the
time of Jesus.
By factoring in
the common testimony of four biblical gospels that the crucifixion happened on
Friday and Jesus died by nightfall, researchers concluded that April 3, 33 A.D.
is the mostly likely candidate.
One of the
authors, Jefferson Williams, is contemplating the possibility that the
“darkness” reported in the gospel may have been caused by a dust storm.
researchers recognized the possibility that the earthquake record they found
may not be the one mentioned in the Bible, noting the tremor in the Bible may
just be allegorical.
was reported in the journal International Geology Review. (nvn)