Originally Posted by MJ1970
While his exact birth date may be in greater question, biblical text place his execution at passover.
Yes it does, but remember the Gospels were written many decades after the events, by no one who actually witnessed it. What I'm saying is that it's possible that he was crucified in, say, November, but the story was changed as it was passed down for the next 50 years, and by the time it was written it was changed to the most important Jewish religious day.
As for the accuracy of Biblical text, here's my favorite Easter story: Virtually all Bible scholars, even conservative ones, know today that the ending of the Gospel of Mark was not part of the original. (See here
.) None of the earliest manuscripts of Mark have the ending, and only the later ones do. Modern Bibles have the last several verses bracketed off or asterisked. Go ahead and look at yours.
What's funny is that the added passage, which comes right aft the "empty tomb" story, contains this:
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Exorcism, speaking in tongues, handling snakes, healing, all the crazy stuff that the charismatics do, those things are all in that one sentence that isn't even really in the Bible. Oops.