DATE FOR EASTER DAY
Tuesday April 19th, 2011
EASTER DAY MAY FINALLY GET A FIXED DATE
New research suggests that the Last Supper did not take place on a Thursday but actually a Wednesday. This also gives weight to the theory that Jesus’ trial lasted more than one night.
Colin Humphreys of Cambridge University blames the discrepancies in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke (who say in coincided with the start of the Jewish Passover) as compared with John (who says it was before Passover) because they used a calendar that predated the official Jewish one and that the Last Supper was eaten on 1st April AD33. If supported the evidence could lead to Easter Day finally being fixed to the first Sunday in April.
Prof Humphreys said, 'This has puzzled Biblical scholars for centuries. In fact, someone said it was 'the thorniest subject in the New Testament... If you look at all the events the Gospels record - between the Last Supper and the Crucifixion - there is a large number. It is impossible to fit them in between a Thursday evening and Friday morning... But I found that two different calendars were involved. In fact, the four gospels agree perfectly.'
He added that Jewish people would ‘never have mistaken the Passover meal for another meal because it is so important’. 'In John's Gospel, he is correct in saying the Last Supper was before the Passover meal. But Jesus chose to hold his Last Supper as a Passover meal according to an earlier Jewish calendar,'
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