A scientific exploration into the events reported to have occurred on the day that Jesus died.
Broken into Chapters; starting with 01 Was there really an earthquake on the day of the crucifixion ? Comments are allowed staring with Chapter 03.
But first, I think I should explain who I am and what I am about. I am first and foremost a scientist. I am also agnostic. I assume the New Testament is a human document that contains errors. I am not trying to prove or disprove the Bible. I am treating the statement by Matthew that there was an earthquake on the day of the crucifixion as a hypothesis to be tested. I am treating the statements by synoptic trio of Matthew, Mark, and Luke that there was 3 hours of midday darkness as another hypothesis, Did these events occur and if they did occur, what is their chronological relationship with each other ?
I will publish whatever I can coax out of the sediments; whether this supports or contradicts biblical accounts. I am trying to rely on just the sediments to form conclusions about large earthquakes and dust storms from 26 – 36 AD. I have much respect for people of faith but I personally do not rely on faith. I am naturally curious and don’t know what the end result will be of the research I am undertaking.
The 2012 article dated (varve counted) the Jerusalem Quake seismite from a core taken at En Gedi and came up with a 95% confidence interval for the time window in which this earthquake probably struck. That window is 26-36 AD coinciding with the time when Pontius Pilate ruled Judea. Current research focuses on determining the time of year (Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall) that this earthquake occurred. In pursuit of this research goal, I have recruited a world leading Palynologist to the effort. Although only a modest sum of money ($10,000-$25,000) is required to fund this next stage in the research, grant proposals backed by Cambridge University (primarily to the Templeton Foundation) have thus far been rejected. While I continue to pursue grant applications with my academic colleagues, I am considering crowdfunding to try to raise the funds to examine the seasonality of an earthquake which might shed some light on the most influential story in the history of Western civilization – The Passion Narrative.
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you can read or download 2012 article from here –> https://www.academia.edu/6108262/Quake_Article. For personal use only.