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Unformatted text preview: Herod died in 4BCE, and, as state above, the first census took place around 6-7CE. All the gospels agree on the time of Jesus death, on a Friday either Passover proper (John) or the day after Passover (Matthew, Mark, Luke). Passover proper took place during Nisan 14, and the Passover meal was eaten at the star of Nisan 15. Its been calculate that Nisan 14 ended on a Friday evening in 33 CE and Nisan 15 ended on a Friday in 30CE. Either of the years fits Lukes claim that Jesus died during the reign of Pilate (26-36CE), the high-priesthood of Caiaphas (ca. 18-36/37CE), and of Antipas (4BCE-39CE). Johns belief of Jesus dying on Passover probably has a theological motive. Therefore, assuming the synoptists are correct it may well be that Jesus died on the cross on Friday, April 7, 30 CE....
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- Spring '09