The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus

The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus

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by Colin J. Humphreys
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521517559

ISBN-13: 9780521517553

Pub. Date: 03/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Apparent inconsistencies in the gospel accounts of Jesus's final week have puzzled Bible scholars for centuries. Colin Humphreys explains these inconsistencies, whilst proposing a compelling new theory - that the last supper took place on a Wednesday, rather than Thursday as traditionally believed. The contrasting interpretations of the last supper arise from

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Apparent inconsistencies in the gospel accounts of Jesus's final week have puzzled Bible scholars for centuries. Colin Humphreys explains these inconsistencies, whilst proposing a compelling new theory - that the last supper took place on a Wednesday, rather than Thursday as traditionally believed. The contrasting interpretations of the last supper arise from Matthew, Mark and Luke's assertion that it was a Passover meal, whilst John states that it occurred beforehand. To confuse the issue, there does not seem to be enough time for all the events recorded between the last supper and the crucifixion to take place, whilst Wednesday appears to be a 'missing day' on which Jesus did nothing. Humphreys draws on evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls and Egyptian texts and uses astronomy to reconstruct ancient calendars. In doing so he shows how the last supper took place on a Wednesday and successfully unifies the supposedly contradictory gospel stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521517553
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements;
1. Three mysteries of the last week of Jesus;
2. Dating the crucifixion - the first clues;
3. The problem of the last supper;
4. Can we reconstruct the Jewish calendar at the time of Christ?;
5. The date of the crucifixion;
6. The moon will be turned to blood;
7. The Passover puzzle and the calendar of Moses;
8. Did Jesus use the solar Passover calendar of Qumran?;
9. The date of the last supper: the hidden clue in the synoptic gospels;
10. Was the Moses calendar used in Israel at the time of Jesus?;
11. The Galilean Passover and the date of the last supper;
12. From the last supper to the crucifixion;
13. The last days of Jesus: an overview; Bibliography; Index of modern authors; Index of Biblical and other ancient sources; General index.

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