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For centuries, we thought we knew what happened during Jesus’ last days. Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are not only observed by Christians around the world, but are also recognized in calendars and by non-practitioners as commemorating events in the final week of Jesus’ life. But apparent inconsistencies in the Gospel accounts of this period have continued to puzzle Bible scholars —and fuel skeptics. In The Mystery of the Last Supper, Colin Humphreys uses science to reveal the truth about Jesus’ final days. Reconciling conflicting biblical accounts with scientific evidence, Humphreys proves that the Gospels, correctly interpreted, are in remarkable agreement. He reveals the exact date of the Last Supper in a groundbreaking new timeline of Holy Week. Colin Humphreys is director of research at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The Miracles of Exodus (2003). He was awarded a knighthood in 2010 for services to Science.Read more
- Uses modern astronomy to reconstruct ancient Jewish calendars at the time of Christ
- Explains in detail relevant parts of the gospels and Old Testament
- Reveals to readers the remarkable timing and symbolism of the events in the last days of Jesus
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Advance Endorsement: “There have always been great difficulties in knowing quite how to fit together the precise details of the Last Supper and Jesus’s arrest and trial. With the clearest possible presentation of fresh evidence and good historical imagination, Colin Humphreys here tackles this problem in a completely fresh manner. His suggestions are likely to have a significant impact both on scholarly appraisal and on the regular Christian appreciation of these climactic events of the faith.” - Hugh G. M. Williamson, University of OxfordSee more reviews
"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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- Date Published: March 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521732000
- length: 260 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 137 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.36kg
- contains: 30 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Four mysteries of the last week of Jesus
2. Dating the crucifixion - the first clues
3. The problem of the last supper
4. Can we reconstruct the Jewish calendar at the time of Christ?
5. The date of the crucifixion
6. The moon will be turned to blood
7. Did Jesus use the solar calendar of Qumran for his last supper Passover?
8. Does ancient Egypt hold a key to unlocking the problem of the last supper?
9. Discovering the lost calendar of ancient Israel
10. Was the lost ancient Jewish calendar used in Israel at the time of Jesus?
11. The date of the last supper: the hidden clues in the gospels
12. From the last supper to the crucifixion: a new analysis of the gospel accounts
13. A new reconstruction of the final days of Jesus
Index of modern authors
Index of Biblical and other ancient sources
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