Have Christians been celebrating Easter on the wrong Sunday?
And the Last Supper on the wrong day of the week? The answer, according to a Cambridge University scientist, Professor Collin Humphreys, is yes.
A recent discovery of an ancient Jewish calendar has suggested another interpretation for the dates and day.
The article stated that there is an inconsistency with the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, who said that the Last Supper coincided with Passover and John, who wrote that the meal took place before the Jewish holy day. The Professor concludes that Jesus, Matthew, Mark, and Luke were using the “Pre-Exilic Calendar, which dates back to Moses and counted the first day of the new month from the end of the old lunar cycle, while John was referring to the official Jewish calendar of the day.”
It’s all about the calendar.
According to the Professor, this contradiction has been known for a long time, but not spoken about. Professor Humphreys used science and the Bible hand in hand to solve this question. The good news is this means that the Gospels are not contradictory, but really in agreement, they were using different calendars.
Humphreys, along with the help of an astronomer, reconstructed the Pre-Exilic calendar and placed Passover’s date as Wednesday April l st, 33 AD, which is the accepted year of Jesus’ crucifixion. This would mean that the Last Supper took place on a Wednesday, not Thursday, and according to the Professor, “helps explain how the large number of events that the Gospels record between the Last Supper and the Crucifiion were able to take place.” Humphreys has been working on this since 1983, and if his calculations are correct the first Easter Sunday would have occurred the first Sunday of April.
So, should today’s Christians want to set a date for Easter, it should be on the first Sunday in April. HAPPY EASTER.