Darkness came over all the land for 3 hours when Christ was on the cross. This was not an eclipse but an unexplained event. A total solar eclipse would not last 3 hours. An earthquake also accompanied this darkness. Recently geologic work along the Dead Sea confirmed an extensive earthquake on April 3, 33 AD. The 29 AD eclipse and earthquake were written about by Phlegon of Tralles. It is most likely these are two separate events as the eclipse of 29 AD was in November and could not be associated with the crucifixtion and Passover. The pagan Thallus in his "History of the Eastern Mediterranean," speaks of a darkness event over the world that he attributes to an eclipse during the time of the crucifixion.