Crucifixion of Jesus Christ - Preparation day for Passover 30 AD

Preparation Day for Passover 30 AD

Julian day number: 1732110, Day of week: Wednesday, Gregorian calendar: 3 April, 30 AD, Jewish calendar: 14 Nisan 3790 [1]

If Jesus' ministry included four Passovers, as I have established, then the ministry of Jesus Could have been no less than three years and three months to include the four Passovers and the trip from His Baptism at the Jordan to the wilderness of Mount Sinai, back to Galilee, and back to Jerusalem in time for the first Passover of 27 AD. If my earlier hypothesis is right it actually lasted three and a half years , from the Day of Atonement in 26 AD to Passover in 30 AD. There are some that contend that Jesus' ministry was only two years and some months, but I believe I have shown this is impossible. As to the day of the week, as I show in Appendix 3, the internal evidence of the Bible indicates a Wednesday crucifixion. As to the year, everything has led us to a 30 AD date. The Jewish calendar tells us that in 30 AD, the Twilight sacrifice happened on a Wednesday. Those who argue for a Friday crucifixion could only be correct if it happened in 33 AD (which is too late considering we know that Christ was born at least two months before Passover 4 BC), or 26 AD (which is too early considering that Pilate was not appointed Procurator in Judea till 26 AD and we know that according to the scripture he was already appointed when Jesus started his ministry).[2]

Also a date of Christ's Passover being in 30 AD lines up with the passage in Ezekiel 4 which describes the two sieges of Jerusalem (the Babylonian one in 586 BC and the Roman one in 70 AD).

Ezekiel 4:1-7 "Now, son of man, take a clay tablet, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. Then lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering rams around it. Then take an iron pan, place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face toward it. It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel. "Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the house of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side. I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the house of Israel. "After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the house of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year. Turn your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and with bared arm prophesy against her."

Ezekiel is to lie down for each day of Judah's sin (it was Judah that came back after the Babylonian captivity), which has to be interpreted as the 40 years of rejection of their Messiah. By no coincidence, the Romans, according to Josephus, [3] began their siege on Passover 70 AD, exactly 40 years to the day after the crucifixion of Christ.

Burial of Jesus Christ - Feast of Unleavened Bread 30 AD

Julian day number: 1732111, Day of week: Thursday, Gregorian calendar: 4 April 0030 AD (modern civil calendar), Julian calendar: 6 April 0030 AD (old civil calendar), Jewish calendar: 15 Nisan 3790 (3790/8/15)

The Feast of Unleavened Bread 30 AD started after the second Sundown of the 14th Nisan about 6 PM which was 15th Nisan 30 AD. That was the first Sabbath day of that week. It symbolized the offering of the righteous life of Christ for us as our righteousness.


[1] All dates were derived from the following internet web site http://www.genealogy.org/~scottlee/calconvert.cgi

[2] In the sixth century AD the Roman Pope decided it was not seemly for the Christian Church to depend on the Jewish calendar to celebrate the Passover death of Jesus Christ. He commissioned a learned priest named Dionysius Exiguus to determine when the original death of Jesus Christ was for the purpose of devising a system by which the Church could announce the time of Easter. As a result of his researches, he picked 33 AD  as the year. It was the only year he could pick and stay with a Friday crucifixion date. In those days the bulk of theological opinion was that, since Jesus was nearly 30 when He was baptized, and He had a public ministry of about 2 ½ years, He was crucified when He was in His 33rd year. Thus Dionysius Exiguus arrived at a birth year of 1 AD. Unfortunately, as I have shown earlier, that is impossible, because Herod died in 4 BC. I suspect that Dionysius Exiguus was forced into this error, because otherwise he would have had to acknowledge that Jesus was not crucified on Friday, as had been hardened into a tradition. Even today, it is very contentious agruement, that many better informed scholars are not willing to undertake.

[3] Wars of the Jews, Flavius Josephus, Book V, Chapter 13, Verse 7. "And, indeed, why do I relate these particular calamities? while Manneus, the son of Lazarus, came running to Titus at this very time, and told him that there had been carried out through that one gate, which was entrusted to his care, no fewer than a hundred and fifteen thousand eight hundred and eighty dead bodies, in the interval between the fourteenth day of the month Xanthieus, [Nisan,] when the Romans pitched their camp by the city, and the first day of the month Panemus [Tamuz]"

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