Did the 'Last Supper' take place on 'Maundy Thursday'? Though the Christians commemorate the final meal that Jesus Christ shared with his twelve apostles in Jerusalem before crucifixion on this day, a scientist claims that Last Supper was actually on Wednesday.
According to University of Cambridge Professor Colin Humphreys, Jesus' final meal occurred two days before the crucifixion on Wednesday, April 1, AD33, rather than Thursday as being observed by Christians over the years.
Though the findings are debatable and likely to be criticized, Prof. Humphreys says these could help in introducing a fixed date for Easter.
Jesus followed old-fashioned Jewish calendar
In his new book, 'The Mystery of the Last Supper,' Prof. Humphreys explains the Last Supper through Biblical, historical, and astronomical research.
He states that Jesus Christ followed a pre-exilic Jewish calendar, meaning dating prior to 587 B.C.E. or 586 B.C.E., before the Babylonians conquered the Kingdom of Judah.
According to this calendar, which operated alongside the official Jewish calendar, Jesus celebrated the meal with his disciples on Wednesday.
Further, Matthew, Mark and Luke, the three of the four gospel books of the Bible, state that Last Supper coincided with starting of the Jewish holy day and festival Passover, which is observed on Wednesday.
As John claims that the final meal took place before Passover, Prof Humphreys stated that Jesus and Matthew, Mark and Luke used a different calendar to John.
"Whatever you think about the Bible, the fact is that Jewish people would never mistake the Passover meal for another meal, so for the gospels to contradict themselves in this regard is really hard to understand," said Humphreys.
"Many biblical scholars say that, for this reason, you can't trust the gospels at all. But if we use science and the gospels hand in hand, we can actually prove that there was no contradiction,” he added.
Jesus trials took place over the whole day
If the new research, stating that Passover meal and the Last Supper took place on April 1, is anything to go by, it means that many events took place between the final meal and crucifixion.
As John claims that the final meal took place before Passover, Prof. Humphreys stated that Jesus and Matthew, Mark and Luke used a different calendar to John.
It explains that Jesus' arrest, interrogation, trials, did not last one night. In fact, it took place over one whole day, and he was crucified on second day after the Last Supper.