Time of crucifixion and resurrection pinpointed
Two Romanian astronomers claim to have pinpointed the exact time and date of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection using historical and biblical data.
Liviu Mircea and Tiberiu Oproiu say their research shows Christ died at 3pm on a Friday, and rose again at 4am on a Sunday.
The pair used a computer programme to check biblical references against historical astronomical data.
Working from the Astronomic Observatory Institute in Cluj, Romania, they say Jesus died at 3pm on Friday, April 3, 33 AD, and rose again at 4am on Sunday, April 5.
Their claim comes from a statement in the New Testament that Jesus died the day after the first night with a full moon, after the vernal equinox.
Using data gathered on the stars between 26 and 35 AD they established that in those nine years, the first full moon after the vernal equinox was registered twice - on Friday, April 7, 30 AD, and on Friday, April 3, 33 AD.
They were convinced the date of the crucifixion was 33 AD, and not 30 AD, because records showed a solar eclipse, as depicted in the Bible at the time of Jesus' crucifixion, occurred in Jerusalem that year.