Last Supper Was a Day Earlier, Researcher Says22 April, 2011 at 08:33 | Posted in Culture, Science | Leave a comment
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The Last Supper, as mentioned in the New Testament, may have been on a Wednesday, or one day prior to when it is usually celebrated, according to the University of Cambridge.
Christians usually mark the day as Maundy Thursday, heralding the coming of Easter, but researchers say that it was a day earlier.
Professor Sir Colin Humphreys of Cambridge made the discovery, addressing something that has puzzled researchers for centuries.
Humphreys used a combination of Biblical, historical, and astronomical research to come up with his finding.
“The core of his argument is that Jesus used a different calendar to that conventionally accepted by Jews at the time,” said a press release from the university. “According to this different system, the Last Supper would have fallen on the Wednesday, and not the Thursday, of what is now called Holy Week.”
In 1983, Humphreys conducted research with astrophysicist Graeme Waddington of Oxford, finding that the day of Jesus’ crucifixion was Friday, April 3, AD 33.
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