Crucifixion Earthquake and Darkness Referenced Outside the Bible

by Ryan Leasure

One of the best attested events in the entire Bible is the death of Jesus. Not only do we have four different Gospel writers testifying to it, we also have writings from Paul, Peter, and the author of Hebrews. Additionally, we have several crucifixion references outside the New Testament from people like Josephus, Tacitus, Lucian of Samosata, and Mara Bar Serapion.

These sources are well documented, and I’ve written about them here. The evidence for Jesus’ crucifixion is so strong that skeptics like Bart Ehrman admit it’s a matter of fact. John Dominic Cross — another skeptic — affirms, “Jesus’ death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate is as sure as anything historical can ever be.”1

Be that as it may, what does this prove? Does this prove that Jesus’ death was for the sins of the whole world? Not necessarily. The evidence simply proves that the Gospels, at minimum, report Jesus’ crucifixion accurately.

But what if we had evidence for other supernatural events that coincided with the crucifixion?…

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Crucifixion Earthquake and Darkness Referenced Outside the Bible