MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Astronomical clues and passages from the Bible indicate the crucifixion
of Jesus Christ occurred on April 3, 33 A.D., a University of Minnesota professor says.
Karlis Kaufmanis, professor emeritus of astronomy at the U of M, said that countless
inquiries have suggested the crucifixion took someplace between the years 29 and 33.
Astronomers have determined that only the years 30 and 33 satisfy biblical statements
that Jesus died on a Friday followed by the Jewish feast of Passover, celebrated on the
first full moon of the spring.
“The crucifixion, therefore, would have taken place either on Friday, April 7, A.D. 30,
or on Friday, April 3, A.D. 33,” Kaufmanis said. “There are no other possible dates.”
Kaufmanis supports the year 33 since it is generally agreed that Jesus was baptized in
the spring of the year 29, and it is difficult to believe his numerous trips and tremendous
amount of work could have been accomplished during the short period between the spring of 29
and April of 30.
Kaufmanis said astronomical calculations and the Bible also support April 3, 33 as the
date of the crucifixion.
Ed. Note: Easter morning often falls on April 6, the day Christ rose from the
dead, giving all mankind hope and faith that eternal life is a reality. Our LDS readers
may note the correlation between this special day of April 6 and the date of the
establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints in these the latter