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The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus Paperback – March 28, 2011
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"Colin Humphreys' Mystery poses an intriguing detective story. ... The argument is presented so logically that non-specialists should be able to follow it easily." Owen Gingerich, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science, Harvard University and author of God's Universe "By linking scientific knowledge with biblical study, Colin Humphreys gives a welcome demonstration of a way apparent contradictions in the Gospel texts may be reconciled.' Alan Millard, University of Liverpool 'I would like to commend Colin Humphreys ... on this remarkable book reconstructing the final days of Jesus." John Sentamu, Archbishop of York "A gripping read that is hard to put down ..." Sir John Houghton, Chairman of the Scientific Assessment Committee of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change
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Yet, if we go back in history, the most learned and influential individuals did not settle for an easy way out or watered down theology. In this same manner, Humphreys approaches apparent disagreements among the gospels. Instead of saying that one or the other must be incorrect, he approaches the issue with a mindset of "what are we missing?" As a result, we learn that, once again, the Bible stands as an authority. We also learn about cultures of the time, and realize great symbolism in the Passion week.
This book is written in a simple presentation and remarkably easy to follow. He chooses to write to the average person, with references and lengthy supporting documentation (such as astronomical calculations) in footnotes and references. As a result, I sometimes forgot I was reading a scholarly work. Despite my tendency to peek ahead while reading, the book was suspenseful in an odd sort of way. I was continually looking forward to see exactly how pieces would fit together and what new bit of trivia would gain meaning as they did. Through his presentation, I learned of several apparent contradictions in the Bible that I had not realized, as well as a few I had, followed by an explanation of how they were actually clues to additional meaning that we do not readily recognize in today's world.
A few times in the second half of the book I found myself thinking one or the other arguments were weaker than others.Read more ›
He saves for a later chapter one of the most amazing confirmations of the Biblical account. I will not give it away, except to say that it depends on modern calculations not available to earlier researchers. It is really neat!
I would recommend this little book to a wide audience, beyond just those likely to read books of religious significance. It should also be read by all serious Christian clergy, starting with the Pope, who is very much nterested in the problem Humphrey tackles (and solves) here.
The author is professor at Cambridge University. See links in comment below.
This book is extraordinary and highly respectful of the biblical narrative. Humphreys presents a number of very novel ideas:
1. He accepts the Good Friday crucifixion day, and believes from highly complex astronomical calculations that it occurred on April 3, 33 AD (Julian calendar).
2. He believes 3 hours of darkness were caused by a sandstorm and Peter's citing Joel in Acts 2 about the moon turning to blood reflects a lunar eclipse that occurred just at sundown of Passover night, the Friday night after Jesus' death and crucifixion. He says astronomical calculations show such an eclipse on that same date of April 3, 33 AD.
3. He believes that the Final Supper occurred on Wednesday night and that John and the Synoptics are in agreement and do not contradict each other on this. He says there is a pre exilic lunar calendar used by Moses and a post exilic lunar calendar used by the Jews returning from Babylon under Ezra that differed slightly. According to Dr. Humphreys Moses fixed the new lunar month when the earth moon and sun were in conjunction as per the Egyptian practice, whereas the Babylonians marked the beginning of the new lunar month by the first visible appearance of the new lunar crescent, which would occur 1-2 days after the Egyptian method.Read more ›
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I really appreciated the thorough and detailed logic and thought put into this. Very interesting and faith building. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Doug Stoner
Amazing research. We need to change a major tradition...which is highly unlikely.
Very interesting answered to age old questions. Excellent!
This book looks at the different calenders that were in operation at the time of Jesus' life.
It is not an easy read, as the author deals very thoroughly with such things as... Read more
Amazing. It challenged me to think differently, but I was willing to do so only because of the evidence, both scriptural and scientific, that was presented.Published on December 13, 2013 by NEFP
This is a fascinating study, which, in the end, makes much sense. Although Humphreys repeats himself a lot, I found myself really understanding what he was saying, and the... Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by R. Stephens
A scholarly book that will fill in all of the gaps. I am not a biblical scholar but I enjoyed the research and arguments and details given.Published on November 28, 2013 by Bobba
The Gospels are in conflict about which day of the week the Last Supper was on. In this well researched book, you will find the answer and resolve the seeming conflict. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Sonoran Rat
By examining when the Last Supper occurred in the final week of Jesus's life, the author offers a well-researched analysis of the dates and varying traditions of Passover in the... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Susan McCosker