Geologists Found Evidence of the Crucifixion of Jesus Earthquake

The Crucifixion, Currier & Ives/LOC

According to the Gospel of Matthew, the earth shook during the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ:

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open.” (Matthew 27: 50-51)

Now, geologists have discovered evidence of major earthquakes during that historical era:

To analyze earthquake activity in the region, geologist Jefferson Williams of Supersonic Geophysical and colleagues Markus Schwab and Achim Brauer of the German Research Center for Geosciences studied three cores from the beach of the Ein Gedi Spa adjacent to the Dead Sea.

Varves, which are annual layers of deposition in the sediments, reveal that at least two major earthquakes affected the core: a widespread earthquake in 31 B.C. and a seismic event that happened sometime between the years 26 and 36.

The latter period occurred during “the years when Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea and when the earthquake of the Gospel of Matthew is historically constrained,” Williams said.


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Massively misleading title to this post. It is interesting to hear of the confirmation of an earthquake set within time constraints of the Gospel of Matthew. Nevertheless, that means all of nothing. There's nothing else other than a 10 year window of time connecting this to the crucifixion. Also the Gospel of Matthew contained information that indicates it was written after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and so was written in the late 1st century. That's AT LEAST 45 years after this major, major earthquake. It's not out of the question, in fact it's likely, that the author of Matthew incorporated this real event in to his gospel for portent's sake. The author of Matthew had a message (pro-Jewish) to convey and was exceptionally capable of using subtle touches of language, symbols, and history to do so.
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