There are several indications from astronomical investigation that point to the date of Friday 3 April 33 AD as the date of the death of Jesus. Of course, this conclusion lacks the historical certainty that we might wish – we don’t have a death certificate - but does appear to be accurate based upon the scriptural, historical and astronomical evidence presently available.
The first to use astronomy to calculate the date of Jesus’ death was Isaac Newton who compared the visibility of the moon in both the Hebrew and Julian calendars and came up with the date of Friday 23 April 34 AD. But later analysis of Newton’s calculations identified a minor error, involving an characteristic of the Jewish calendar during Newton’s time which was not present at the time of Jesus. When this error was corrected, a date in 33 AD appears as more correct according to the astronomers John Pratt and Bradley Schaefer.
In 2003, using a computer program astronomers Liviu Mircea and Tiberiu Oproiu calculated the death of Jesus for 3 pm on Friday 3 April 33 AD and his resurrection on the 5th of April.
Using the completely different approach of a lunar eclipse model, Profs. Colin Humphreys and W. G. Waddington of Oxford University also arrived at the conclusion that Friday 3 April 33 AD was the date of the Crucifixion.
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Exact Date of the Crucifixion
Multimedia files of Dr. Colin Humphreys explaining his investigation of the date of the crucifixion – both audio and video