Jerusalem Quake Seasonality
Although the year that the Earthquake of the Crucifixion struck is not explicitly specified in the biblical accounts, the time of year is. This earthquake is alleged to have occurred on the 14th or 15th of Nisan on a day known as Good Friday. This day falls in late March/Early April during the flowering season.
The goal of the research project is determine the seasonality or time of year that the Jerusalem Quake struck. The Jerusalem Quake is an earthquake that struck the Dead Sea area between 26 and 36 AD. This earthquake left a deformed layer of mud throughout the Dead Sea and would have caused shaking in Jerusalem (hence the name). By determining the time of year this earthquake struck, we can get closer to determining if the Jerusalem Quake is synonymous with the Earthquake of the Crucifixion and sleuth the Passion narrative - perhaps the most influential story in the history of civilization.
Did the Jerusalem Quake strike in the spring or during some other time of year (e.g. the Fall) ?
The seasonality of the Jerusalem Quake will be determined by examining pollen in a thin layer of dust and pollen that is draped over the top of the Jerusalem Quake layer at two different locations - En Gedi and Nahal Ze 'elim. Results of the study will be published in an open source peer reviewed journal free for all to see and read.
If more funds are raised than anticipated (more than ~$3800 USD), extra funds will go towards creating a documentary on the research effort and examining the outcrop for dust storm deposits. A dust storm is a possible explanation for the 3 hours of midday darkness also reported on the day of the crucifixion.
Jefferson Williams is donating his labor, lab, and lab supplies for free. His primary collaborator Dr. Suzanne Leroy is also donating her time.
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