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 – 36/37 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.Hopefully, field and lab work in the end of 2015 and start of 2016 will produce a seasonal estimate for when the Jerusalem Quake struck (Winter, Summer Spring, or Fall).
you can read or download 2012 article from here –> https://www.academia.edu/6108262/Quake_Article. For personal use only.
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