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Day of the Crucifixion Determined?

I can't even imagine how geologists can say an earthquake happened on a particular day 2,000 years before but they seem to think they can:

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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paladin said...

Now, that's interesting! That date coincides exactly with the date given by (Dr.) Rick Larson in his rather intriguing production, "The Star of Bethlehem"...


:s said...

But wasn't our calendar slightly off, so that Jesus was actually born in 5 BC? Assuming he was 33 when he died, that would put his crucifixion date in 28 BC, wouldn't it?

Chris-2-4 said...


I was thinking the same thing. But I believe his being 33 was always just kind of calculated on the calendar anyway wasn't it? That is, before we knew the calendar was wrong, we assumed he was born in 1A.D and died in 33A.D and so he was 33. If we now believe he was born in 4-6B.C and died in 33A.D. it just means he was older, right?

susan said...

The Gospel says He was 'around' 30 years old when He began His public ministry. "The Star of Bethlehem" is a truly amazing video...if you haven't seen it yet....get it. I promise you by the end you will be weeping at the grace, kindness, care, and mercy of our loving God.

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