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What day was the Last Supper/Passover meal held on ?

Christians have long marked Jesus Christ's Last Supper on Maundy Thursday but new research by a leading academic suggests they have got the wrong date.Professor Colin Humphreys, a scientist at the University of Cambridge, has now concluded that the final meal took place on the Wednesday before the crucifixion, a day earlier than previously accepted.He believes his findings, which are likely to cause ripples among millions of Christians, could present a case for finally introducing a fixed date for Easter. They also present a solution to apparent contradictions in the Gospels and logistical issues relating to the hours before the crucifixion.In a new book, The Mystery Of The Last Supper, Prof Humphreys uses a combination of Biblical, historical and astronomical research to address the precise nature and timing of Jesus's final meal with his disciples.

Researchers have long been puzzled by an apparently fundamental Biblical inconsistency. While Matthew, Mark and Luke all assert that the Last Supper coincided with the start of the Jewish festival of Passover, John claims it took place before Passover. The contradiction has presented what has been described as "the thorniest problem in the New Testament". But Prof Humphreys has now concluded that Jesus - along with Matthew, Mark and Luke - may have been using a different calendar to John."Whatever you think about the Bible, the fact is that Jewish people would never mistake the Passover meal for another meal, so for the Gospels to contradict themselves in this regard is really hard to understand," Prof Humphreys said. "Many Biblical scholars say that, for this reason, you can't trust the Gospels at all.

But if we use science and the Gospels hand in hand, we can actually prove that there was no contradiction."In his theory, Jesus went by an old-fashioned Jewish calendar rather than the official lunar calendar which was in widespread use at the time of his death and is still in use today.This would put the Passover meal - and the Last Supper - on the Wednesday, explaining how a large number of events took place between the meal and the crucifixion. It would mean Jesus' arrest, interrogation and separate trials did not all take place in the space of one night but in fact occurred over a longer time frame.By ironing out all the perceived discrepancies in the timing of events, Prof Humphreys believes a date could be ascribed to Easter in our modern solar calendar. Working on the basis that the crucifixion took place on April 3, Easter Day would be on April 5.See the following for: "What day was Jesus crucified and buried on?  http://deeperwalk.lefora.com/topic/8205723/What-day-was-Jesus-crucified-and-buried-on#.UpbPaEA_vbQ


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Last Supper actually took place on Wednesday, new book claims

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04/18/1982 - THE CENTURIES-OLD Christian custom of marking Jesus and his disciples’ Last Supper on a Thursday could be a miscalculation of Biblical proportions, according to claims by a professor at the University of Cambridge.
The Mystery of the Last Supper, a book by Sir Colin Humphreys, claims to combine Biblical and astronomical research to resolve a longstanding conundrum created by apparently conflicting reports from various Gospels.
The Gospel according to John claims that the meal – supposedly the last dinner enjoyed by Jesus with his disciples before his crucifixion – took place before the beginning of the Jewish Passover feast, in conflict with the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Humphreys told the Daily Telegraph, however, that the calendar being used by the former was a different one to that used by Jesus and the three other evangelists – who used a popular old-fashioned Qumran calendar, instead of John’s official lunar one.

“If we use science and the Gospels hand in hand, we can actually prove that there was no contradiction,” Humphreys said.

The argument could also help to resolve another conflict among Biblical scholars, who have been divided for centuries over whether it was possible for Jesus to have been arrested and put to trial in the few hours between his Thursday night Supper and crucifixion on Good Friday.

The Sydney Morning Herald adds that the research is apparently thorough enough to put a date on the meal: it would have taken place on Wednesday 1 April, in the year 33 AD (the assumed year of Jesus’s death, assuming he was born at Year Zero).

Humphreys believes the latter conclusion could help to avoid the current practice where the dates of Easter are dictated by lunar cycles; currently Western Christanity sets the date of Easter to the first Sunday after the first full moon after March 21.

Instead, he argues, Easter could be fixed for April 5 – or, at the very least, the closest Sunday to it.
A similar theory to Humphreys’ was discussed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007, when he acknowledged that Jesus probably held his last meal according to the Qumran calendar, which would have seen Passover meals held a day before the ‘official’ calendar.


From: http://thedailyedge.thejournal.ie/last-supper-actually-took-place-on-wednesday-new-book-claims-122627-Apr2011/


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