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Julius Africanus was an early third century Christian historian. He says that a pagan historian named Thallus mentions the darkness that occurred during Jesus' crucifixion, and that Thallus explained it as an eclipse. However, Africanus correctly notes that an eclipse is not possible during the Jewish Passover when Jesus was crucified (see ...


There are no original references to this darkness outside of the New Testament. Josephus mentions Jesus, at least in retrospect, but makes no mention of a strange period of darkness at the time of the Passover. A historian named Thallus is reported to have said that an eclipse of the sun occurred at the appropriate time, but we do not know when Thallus ...

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