Dating the crucifixion of jesus
While other dates are possible, believers can take great assurance from the fact that the most important historical events in Jesus’s life, such as the crucifixion, are firmly anchored in human history.
As we celebrate Easter, and as we walk with Jesus every day of the year, we can therefore be confident that our faith is based not only on subjective personal assurance but on reliable historical data, which makes ours an eminently reasonable faith.
Another difference: in Matthew, Mark and Luke, the central moment of Jesus’ “last supper” comes when he takes bread and wine and says “This is my body, this is my blood.” This event isn’t even mentioned in the gospel of John, which instead speaks of Jesus’ washing his disciples’ feet as the significant moment of this final meal.
John’s gospel is not so much interested in exactly what happened but in the MEANING of what happened.
Christians celebrate Christmas and Easter every year, but few know when Jesus was actually born and when he died. This, incidentally, would allow enough time for Jesus to be born and for Herod (who died in 4 B.
Not that any great doctrine rests on the calculations below, but it sure is nice that we can have reasonable confidence that the dates of Jesus’ birth and death are secure and can be gleaned from a combination of biblical and extrabiblical historical data. C.) to mount his campaign to have all the boys two years old and under in Bethlehem and vicinity killed (see Matt , 19).
Yamauchi; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1989], 113–30). According to Luke , Jesus was “about 30 years old” when he began his ministry.
It so happens that because of astronomical calculations A. 30 and 33 are the only possible dates for Jesus’ crucifixion as far as the date of Passover in these two years is concerned (for the dating of the four Passovers in question see esp.