Re: [XTalk] Crucifixion/Resurrection Dated
- Hello Steve,
I remembered an old reference to an eclipse when Jesus died not being
possible. Julius Africanus (A.D. 221) cited Thallus' (A.D. 52
non-Christian) explanation of the darkness as being caused by an
eclipse. He argued that an eclipse is not possible during a full
moon, and Passover always occurs during a full moon.
XVIII.(8) On the Circumstances connected with our Saviour's Passion
and His Life-giving Resurrection.
On the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness; and the
rocks were rent by an earthquake, and many places in Judea and other
districts were thrown down. This darkness Thallus, in the third book
of his History, calls, as appears to me without reason, an eclipse of
the sun. For the Hebrews celebrate the passover on the 14th day
according to the moon, and the passion of our Saviour fails on the day
before the passover; but an eclipse of the sun takes place only when
the moon comes under the sun. And it cannot happen at any other time
but in the interval between the first day of the new moon and the last
of the old, that is, at their junction: how then should an eclipse be
supposed to happen when the moon is almost diametrically opposite the
White Lake, MI
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Steve Black <sdblack@t...> wrote:
> Why are we assuming that this says anything about the date of the
> Is it not possible that the memory of an eclipse was conflated later
> with the story of the crucifixion?
> Steve Black
> Vancouver School of Theology
> Vancouver, BC
> Heretics have all the fun, that is until they get burnt at the stake...
> On Friday, October 10, 2003, at 05:21 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges wrote:
> > Stephen C. Carlson wrote:
> > <There was a total eclipe on March 19, 33, but it was
> > visible only in the southern Indian ocean. Here's a
> > link to the map:
> > A total solar eclipse visible in Syria (and a partial
> > visible in Jerusalem) occurred on November 24, 29.
> > Here is a map:
> > http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/SEhistory/SEplot/SE0029Nov24T-
> > 2.gif>
> > Thanks for these links. I'm ever more impressed by
> > what can be found on the internet.
> > Jeffery Hodges