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How bizarre
by Thanos Kalamidas
2011-04-23 10:21:27
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Jesus Christ's Last Supper 'was on a Wednesday'

bizarre01_400_06Christians mark Jesus Christ's Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, but new research suggests it took place on the Wednesday before his crucifixion. Colin Humphreys of Cambridge University says discrepancies in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke as compared with John arose because they used an older calendar than the official Jewish one. He concluded the date was 1 April AD33.

This could also mean Jesus' arrest; interrogation and separate trials did not all take place on one night only. Prof Humphreys believes his findings could present a case for finally fixing Easter Day to the first Sunday in April. In his new book, The Mystery of the Last Supper, the metallurgist and materials scientist uses Biblical, historical and astronomical research to address the fundamental inconsistency about the event.

While Matthew, Mark and Luke say the Last Supper coincided with the start of the Jewish festival of Passover, John claims it took place before Passover. "This has puzzled Biblical scholars for centuries. In fact, someone said it was 'the thorniest subject in the New Testament'," he told the BBC's Today programme. "If you look at all the events the Gospels record - between the Last Supper and the Crucifixion - there is a large number. It is impossible to fit them in between a Thursday evening and Friday morning."

"But I found that two different calendars were involved. In fact, the four gospels agree perfectly," he added. Prof Humphreys argues that Jewish people would never have mistaken the Passover meal for another meal because it is so important. He suggests that Matthew, Mark and Luke used an old-fashioned Jewish calendar - adapted from Egyptian usage at the time of Moses - rather than the official lunar calendar which was in widespread use at the time.  "In John's Gospel, he is correct in saying the Last Supper was before the Passover meal. But Jesus chose to hold his Last Supper as a Passover meal according to an earlier Jewish calendar," Prof Humphreys said. The Last Supper was therefore on Wednesday, 1 April AD33, according to the standard Julian calendar used by historians, he concluded.


Rush to the restroom forces evacuation of elementary school

bizarre02_13An unidentified man "barged" onto the campus at Stony Creek Elementary School in Littleton Thursday, forcing students and staff members to evacuate, officials said. No, he wasn’t a criminal fugitive or anyone out to cause harm to students. Officials say he was just trying to use the restroom.

The incident happened at about 1:00 p.m. when, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jackie Kelley, the man forced his way past school staff. Students were immediately evacuated at taken to nearby Deer Creek Elementary as police responded and began a frantic search for the man.

Authorities said he was eventually found off-campus and, when confronted, told them he had rushed into the school to use the restroom. Police said no charges will be filed.


Beavers blamed for Harrisburg water snafu

bizarre03_400_17Records show a contractor who poked a hole in Harrisburg’s water system never made a required call to a clearinghouse for underground-utility information. The contractor’s work reportedly led to a breach of a water main. When The Patriot-News called Thursday night, an employee taking calls for that contractor, United Demolition and Excavating of Clarence, N.Y., declined to take questions. When The Associated Press called today, however, a man who answered the phone at United’s headquarters asserted that the pipes had been damaged by beavers from a nearby creek that chewed the lead used as a sealant.

The man declined to identify himself and hung up twice on an AP reporter seeking information about the incident, saying he did not have time to talk. Officials in Harrisburg have not mentioned any such connection. Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson has said taxpayers will not pay for others’ mistakes but hasn’t placed blame for Sunday’s break, which led to a shutdown of government offices and many businesses downtown much of Monday through Wednesday.

Last night, the city said on its website that it has notified Harsco, which owns the property where the break occurred, of a potential claim for damages. Harrisburg also has filed a preliminary claim with its insurance company. Bill Kiger, president of Pennsylvania One Call System Inc., said Thursday that “we have no notifications from [the firm] in Dauphin County” prior to the break. A company could be fined if the required notifications weren’t bad. That notice might or might not have prevented the breach of a 36-inch water main off Cameron and Herr streets. City officials had indicated this week that they did not have a record of the fire hydrant at the source of the break on their maps.

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