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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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