Thallus

This website has been moved to: https://debatemap.live

Thallus, Samaritan historian from ?-52-? AD, writes in Mediterranean History>Book 3, of an earthquake and eclipse that took place around Jesus' crucifixion(as reported here by Julius Africanus, Christian historian from 160-240 AD, writing in History of the World>18): On the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness; and the rocks were rent by an earthquake, and many places in Judea and other districts were thrown down. This darkness Thallus, in the third book of his History, calls, as appears to me without reason, an eclipse of the sun. For the Hebrews celebrate the passover on the 14th day according to the moon, and the passion of our Saviour falls on the day before the passover; but an eclipse of the sun takes place only when the moon comes under the sun. And it cannot happen at any other time but in the interval between the first day of the new moon and the last of the old, that is, at their junction: how then should an eclipse be supposed to happen when the moon is almost diametrically opposite the sun?

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License