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Written in the stars

Two Romanian astronomers say the stars tell the exact time of Christ's death and resurrection.

Liviu Mircea and Tiberiu Oproiu of the Astronomic Observatory in Cluj, Romania, determined that Jesus died at 3 p.m., Friday, April 3, A.D. 33. They checked astronomical calculations against New Testament references placing the crucifixion the day after the first night with a full moon following the vernal equinox.

Mircea and Oproiu narrowed the date down to Friday, April 7, A.D. 30, or April 3, A.D. 33. Records showing a solar eclipse in Jerusalem convinced them that A.D. 33 was the correct year. "And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour" (Mark 15:33).

The astronomers determined the Resurrection occurred precisely at 4 a.m., Sunday, April 5, A.D. 33.


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