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What year was Jesus born?

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whitenena

Asked by whitenena at 9:01 AM on Jun. 4, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • According to most research it is agreed that he was born between 6 BC and 4 BC. This is deteremined by things mentioned in the Bible. In Matthew, it is mentioned that he was born during the rule of Herod and Herod dies in 4 BC. It is also known that Herod had ordered The Masacre of the Innocents and that the masacre was to include all children under the age of 2, which means that Jesus could have been 2 at that time.
    layh41407

    Answer by layh41407 at 9:26 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • Don't know the exact year give or take 4 to 6 years before the year 1 AD

    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 9:31 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • Rosie, i *think* BC and AD was "invented" afterwards. I dont think there was really a timeline at the time. Now we call it BC, but that's not what it was called back then.
    MommaTurbo

    Answer by MommaTurbo at 10:16 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • No one really knows for sure, but people have made various educated guesses based on archaeology and the Bible. Based on archaeology, assimilation of pagan traditions into Christian tradition, and the Bible, I would guess that it was not in the winter because the shepherds were out. I've seen different date ranges estimated by scholars, though some do not think there was an historical Jesus and some believe that the teachings of a couple different people were combined. Assuming there was one historical Jesus, most likely he was born sometime between March and October during the years of 3-7 BCE/BC based on Biblical information and the most current historical and archaeological study at this time.
    pam19

    Answer by pam19 at 10:38 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • Rosie, i *think* BC and AD was "invented" afterwards. I dont think there was really a timeline at the time. Now we call it BC, but that's not what it was called back then.

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    Many people still say BC and AD, but most scholars use BCE and CE now.
    pam19

    Answer by pam19 at 10:40 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • Christ was born in 2 or 3 BC ... The info that Herod died in 4BC came from copies of Philo that were transcribed wrong. The earlier versions of Philo have Herod dying in 1 BC.
    -Eilish-

    Answer by -Eilish- at 11:08 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • Many people still say BC and AD, but most scholars use BCE and CE now.

    Meh .... who cares.
    -Eilish-

    Answer by -Eilish- at 11:10 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • Meh .... who cares.

    Intelligent people.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:24 PM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • Intelligent people.

    Oh ... you mean those people who would prefer to write Jesus out of history ... gotcha ... VERY intelligent. Let's just pretend that our dating system isn't designed around it, that will make everyone feel better ... we wouldn't want to offend those people who don't want to believe that Jesus actually walked the earth and played a significant part of history ... Denial is tough place to be ... I'll pray for you.
    -Eilish-

    Answer by -Eilish- at 5:38 PM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • I'd expect that proof he lived would be more important. There's none.
    clarity333

    Answer by clarity333 at 5:39 PM on Jun. 4, 2011

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