Religion in the News: Dating Jesus’ Death by the Earthquake


Geologists claim now that they have established the date of Jesus’ death.  It was April 3, 33 CE.   Thus:

  Jesus ‘died on Friday, April 3, 33AD’, claim researchers, who tie earthquake data with the gospels to find the date

 For those who don’t know, the date of Jesus’ death has long been in dispute.  The reality is, we are not sure when Jesus was executed (i.e., what year).   It almost certainly happened during a Passover feast during the reign of Pontius Pilate as the Prefect of Judea.  His rule lasted between 26-36 CE.   All of our early Gospel accounts agree that the crucifixion happened on a Friday.   In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, this Friday was the day after the Passover meal was eaten (and so, technically, it was still “Passover Day; see Mark 14:12).  According to John the Friday was the day before it was eaten – on the day of Preparation for the Passover (John 19:14).

 But which year was it? 

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  1. Mark Goodacre  May 31, 2012

    Hi Bart

    Good to see you posting on this. I have posted a couple of times on this story too. The Daily Mail story you link to is based on a story on Discovery News which gets a few things wrong. I’ve been corresponding a bit with one of the authors of the academic article they are referring to. Here are the links to my pieces on the story:

    The second, more recent post gives some reaction to the actual article.


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