LONDON – Two scientists have determined that Jesus Christ was crucified at 3PM on Friday, April 3 in 33 A.D.
The exact date of the crucifixion has been debated for centuries, but British scholars Colin Humphreys and W.G. Waddington believe they have solved the mystery after an exhaustive study of the Bible, ancient calendars and astronomical conditions.
The scientists said that previously the only certainty about the date of the crucifixion was that it occurred between 26 A.D. and 36 A.D., during the 10 years Pontius Pilate was the Roman procurator of Judea. In order to pin down the exact date the two scientists reconstructed the Jewish calendar that was used at the time.
Humphreys and Waddington then fixed the date of a lunar eclipse mentioned in the Bible.
The Bible and other historic references said the “moon turned to blood” after the crucifixion took place.
“In our view the phrase probably refers to a lunar eclipse,” the scientists said.
Humphreys and Waddington studied records of all lunar eclipses that were visible from Jerusalem between 26 A.D. and 36 A.D. and discovered “there is only one lunar eclipse at Passover time visible from Jerusalem.” That eclipse occurred on Friday, April 3, 33 A.D.
In their research, the British scientists also found that Passover time was specified on the official festival calender of Judea.