Why Don’t Christians Know the Date of the Resurrection of Jesus?

Get this: God the Creator, maker of heaven and earth, comes to earth in human form. He is personally convicted by a Roman governor of treason against Caesar. He is publicly crucified in a major city of the Roman empire. At the moment of his death, in the middle of the day, there is three hours of darkness. At the same time, the temple veil in the Holy of Holies, the most sacred site in Judaism, splits down the middle. God the Creator is then buried in the tomb of a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin, the highest authority in the Jewish nation. Three days later, a great earthquake shakes dozens, maybe hundreds, of dead people out of their graves to roam the city. And that same day, at the break of dawn, the grave of God the Creator is found empty. Hours later, God the Creator, in supernatural form, makes the first of several appearances to his followers. The number of eyewitnesses to these appearances will exceed five hundred people!

Yet… no one bothered to record the date or even the year of this earth-shattering event!

“But people weren’t big on recording dates in Antiquity” Christians may say.

Really?

They recorded the date an earthly ruler, Julius Caesar, was murdered: March 15, 44 BC

They recorded the date an earthly ruler, Caesar Augustus, died: August 19, 14 CE.

They recorded the date the middle wall of Jerusalem was breached by Roman general, Titus, leading to the destruction of the Jewish temple: June 5, 70 CE

They recorded the date Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed a city, Pompeii: August 24, 79 CE

But they didn’t bother to record the date, nor even the year, when God the Creator was publicly executed nor the date when he resurrected himself from the dead! Why not??? Answer: Because this event never happened, folks! It is a legend.

This is the best evidence against the historicity of the alleged resurrection of Jesus. If these dramatic, earth-shattering events had really happened, someone would have recorded the date. But no one did!

The Resurrection is an ancient superstition. It is not history. A major world religion was founded on a fictional event. How silly.

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11 thoughts on “Why Don’t Christians Know the Date of the Resurrection of Jesus?

  1. It should be possible to date it even at this distance. All we’re looking for is the day when the three-hour eclipse, the earthquake, the appearance in Jerusalem of dead people and the tearing of the thick 82 foot curtain in the temple happened all at the same time.

    The Romans were good at recording eclipses and surely the religious authorities wrote about the zombies and the curtain. Undoubtedly someone would have recorded the earthquake that cracked all the tombs. These events were, as you say, Gary, literally earth shattering. Yet no-one – no secular or religious authority, no contemporary commentator, no respectable historian (looking at you Josephus) – thought to make note of them. Not a single one.

    Looks like Matthew made them all up and they’re not much use in dating Jesus’ death and resurrection after all.

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    1. Exactly.

      The next time a Christian uses the resurrection of Jesus as evidence for the veracity of Christianity I am going to ask: Really? And on what date did this earth-shattering event occur?

      The excuses for not having a date are going to be interesting. I suspect the first excuse will be that people did not record events then as they do now. As indicated above, that is not true. It is interesting that one of the primary claims that Christians use to defend the historical accuracy of the Gospels is to say that first century Jews were very strict about maintaining the accuracy of their history and oral stories, as can be seen by the accuracy of the temple priests in copying the Torah.

      But it seems that first century Jews were not strict about recording:

      -major earthquakes that cause the temple veil to rip down the middle.
      -major earthquakes that cause dead people to roam the streets of their capital with dozens if not hundreds of open, empty graves.
      -three hours of darkness in the middle of the afternoon.
      -reports of multiple appearances to groups of people of a man the Roman governor had personally and publicly condemned to death and executed just three days prior.

      Nope. First century Jews weren’t strict about recording these types of events. What baloney!

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  2. Very interesting, Gary
    I must admit I had never considered this angle.
    And you are correct. This was a date that most definitely should have been recorded.

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  3. It sure seems like the first group of Christians were so apocalyptically minded they saw no need to write things down, leaving the next generation of Christians to cobble together bits of legends and sayings, and of course add many of their own, frankly, fabricated stories.

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    1. But conservative Christians tell us that some of the disciples lived to old age, such as John, son of Zebedee. Are we to believe that he lived to old age but didn’t remember the date or even the year of the most important event in his life??

      I just don’t buy that the early Christians were that stupid.

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      1. Yes, while I don’t buy conservatives rational for thinking John wrote anything or that he lived to old age, if we grant that he did just for argument’s sake, you have a great point about him not mentioning the resurrection date.

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  4. Look at this example of the complex calculations that some modern Christian apologists have gone to to date the resurrection of Jesus (see below). But that begs the question: Why are modern Christians forced to guess the date of the most important event in all of Christianity? Why didn’t the early Christians record this date for posterity?

    Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin in his 2013 blog article (which he reprinted in the 2020 National Catholic Register article, Seven Clues Tell Us PRECISELY When Jesus Died (the Year, Month, Day, and Hour Revealed) has a convincing algorithm that happens to agree with the two Wikipedia choices at Step #5: 7 Apr 30 and 3 Apr 33. In Step #6 he said the A.D. 30 date is out.

    That leaves us the time and date of Jesus’s death to be precisely: around 3:00 p.m on Friday, April 3, A.D. 33

    Therefore, the resurrection date is Sunday, April 5, A.D. 33.

    Here are the summary of the steps (see article for details):

    -The High Priesthood of Caiaphas: narrow to A.D. 18 to 36
    -The Governorship of Pontius Pilate: narrow to A.D. 26 to 36
    -After “the Fifteenth Year of Tiberius Caesar” (Luke 3:1-2): narrow to A.D. 29 as the earliest year of Jesus’s ministry
    -Crucified on a Friday: narrow to a Friday between A.D. 29 and 36
    -A Friday at Passover: narrow to 2 candidates of all Passover between A.D. 29 and 36:
    Monday, April 18, A.D. 29
    Friday, April 7, A.D. 30
    Tuesday, March 27, A.D. 31
    Monday, April 14, A.D. 32
    Friday, April 3, A.D. 33
    Wednesday, March 24, A.D. 34
    Tuesday, April 12, A.D. 35
    Saturday, March 31, A.D. 36

    John’s Three Passovers require ministry to span over 2 years. Since Jesus’s ministry couldn’t start until A.D. 29, A.D. 30 is out.

    Narrow to April 3, A.D. 33

    “The Ninth Hour” (Matt 27:45-50, Mark 15:34-37, Luke 23:44-46), narrow to 3pm Friday, April 3, A.D. 33

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    1. Answer: the earliest Christians did not record this event because it never happened. It is a legend that developed decades after Jesus’ death. The original post death appearance accounts were probably sightings of shadows and bright lights, and nothing more. And that is why the Early Creed in First Corinthians 15 says nothing about anyone seeing a walking, talking, touchable, broiled fish eating corpse!

      The non-eyewitness authors of the Gospels, one or more generations removed from the original disciples, spiced up these bare bones ghost tales…and the fantastical Resurrection Story (stories!) was/were born.

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