Clarification: Quake DID NOT reveal day of Jesus’ crucifixion
Jefferson Williams writes:
I am the primary author of the research article discussed in this article. We DID NOT determine the date of the crucifixion. This article grossly mischaracterizes our research. We dated an earthquake in Judea to have occurred between 26 and 36 AD based purely on what we saw in the sediments. I created a site to explain this research to the general public. It is http://www.crucifixionquake.info.
The article Williams refers to is not my posting but the article that appeared in MSNBC, HuffPo and other outlets. The title of my posting Quake Reveals Day of Jesus’ Crucifixion (or something like that) echoed the news article. Writing “or something like that” wasn’t clear enough on my part to make it an accurate headline. I apologize for that.
Williams’ site provides a wealth of information with links like:
- 01 Was there really an Earthquake on the Day of the Crucifixion ?
- 02 After Shock
- 03 Dating the Crucifixion
- 04 Seismite Formation
- 05 Dating the Seismites
- 06 Varves
- 07 Temporal Patterns
- 08 Darkness
He also wants us to know where he’s coming from, something I appreciate:
Finally, 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 that needs to be tested. I will publish whatever I can coax out of the sediments; whether this supports or contradicts biblical accounts. 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.