Wrong all along -- 'Last Supper was not on Holy Thursday'
Published 18/04/2011 | 05:00
Christians have long marked Jesus Christ's Last Supper on Holy Thursday, but research by a leading academic suggests they have got the wrong date.
Professor Colin Humphreys, a scientist at the University of Cambridge, has concluded that the final meal took place on the Wednesday before the crucifixion, a day earlier than previously accepted.
He believes his findings could present a case for finally introducing a fixed date for Easter.
In a new book, 'The Mystery Of The Last Supper', Prof Humphreys uses Biblical, historical and astronomical research to address the precise nature and timing of Jesus's final meal with his disciples.
Researchers have long been puzzled by an apparently fundamental Biblical inconsistency. While Matthew, Mark and Luke all assert that the Last Supper coincided with the start of the Jewish festival of Passover, John claims it took place before Passover. But Prof Humphreys has now concluded that Jesus -- along with Matthew, Mark and Luke -- may have been using a different calendar to John.
In his theory, Jesus went by an old-fashioned Jewish calendar rather than the official lunar calendar, which was in widespread use at the time of his death and is still in use today.
This would put the Passover meal -- and the Last Supper -- on the Wednesday, explaining how a large number of events took place between the meal and the crucifixion.
Prof Humphreys believes a date could be ascribed to Easter in our modern solar calendar. Working on the basis the crucifixion took place on April 3, Easter Day would be on April 5.