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Pope disputes the date of Jesus' birth


Posted on Friday, 23 November, 2012 | Comment icon 125 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Pope Benedict has claimed that Jesus was actually born several years earlier than currently thought.

In a new book the Pope explains that the calendar we now use which was devised by 6th century monk Dionysius Exiguus is wrong on the basis that he made a mistake with his calculations. In the Gospel of Matthew it states that Jesus was born at the time when Herod the Great ruled in Judea, however Herod died in 4 A.D. Also in the Gospel of Luke it suggests that Jesus was born when Quirinius was governor of Syria in 6 A.D.

With so much conflicting information, the exact date of Jesus' birth has been a point of debate for theologians and scholars for centuries. Now that the head of the Catholic Church himself is leading the charge in questioning the established time-line, spiritual leaders and followers alike will no doubt be keen to reassess what they think they know of Biblical history.

"Pope Benedict XVI has revealed in the third installment of his trilogy, dedicated to the life of Christ, that Jesus may have been born earlier than previously thought."

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Comment icon #116 Posted by docyabut2 on 22 May, 2013, 10:42
In the Bible, Archelaus is mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew. According to Matthew 2:13-23, Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled to Egypt to avoid the Massacre of the Innocents. When Herod the Great died, Joseph was told by an angel in a dream to return to Israel (presumably to Bethlehem). However, upon hearing that Archelaus had succeeded his father as ruler of Judaea he "was afraid to go thither" (Matthew 2:22), and was again notified in a dream to go to Galilee. This is Matthew's explanation of why Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea but grew up in Nazareth. Source Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled to E... [More]
Comment icon #117 Posted by docyabut2 on 22 May, 2013, 12:29
Doesn`t that mean when Herod the great died in 1 B.C Joseph, Mary fled to Egypt, from the Massacre of the Innocents, but return to Bethlehem where Jesus was born, Achhelaus Herod did not rule there. The Division of Herod's Kingdom: Tetrarchy (Judea) under Herod Archelaus, Territory under Herod Antipas Territory under Herod Philip II Salome I (cities of Jabneh, Azotas, Phaesalis) Roman province of Syria Autonomous cities(Decapolis Source
Comment icon #118 Posted by Jor-el on 22 May, 2013, 20:12
Archelaus Herod has killed all Male Lineal Successors of the Hasmoneans. Would`nt that have included a lot of their male children being kill at the time to? Just a moment here, you are confusing things a bit. Archelaus did not do that, his father, Herod the Great did. The link you gave me is quite clear on this. You misread the text. Josephus is both direct in his deions and at times extremely opaque as to the participants in this event. Herod is in Jericho at his death.[2] Just prior to his final trip to Jericho, he was deeply involved in a religious conflagration. Herod had placed a golden e... [More]
Comment icon #119 Posted by Jor-el on 22 May, 2013, 20:20
In the Bible, Archelaus is mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew. According to Matthew 2:13-23, Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled to Egypt to avoid the Massacre of the Innocents. When Herod the Great died, Joseph was told by an angel in a dream to return to Israel (presumably to Bethlehem). However, upon hearing that Archelaus had succeeded his father as ruler of Judaea he "was afraid to go thither" (Matthew 2:22), and was again notified in a dream to go to Galilee. This is Matthew's explanation of why Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea but grew up in Nazareth. Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled to Egypt to... [More]
Comment icon #120 Posted by Jor-el on 22 May, 2013, 20:22
Doesn`t that mean when Herod the great died in 1 B.C Joseph, Mary fled to Egypt, from the Massacre of the Innocents, but return to Bethlehem where Jesus was born, Achhelaus Herod did not rule there. The Division of Herod's Kingdom: Tetrarchy (Judea) under Herod Archelaus, Territory under Herod Antipas Territory under Herod Philip II Salome I (cities of Jabneh, Azotas, Phaesalis) Roman province of Syria Autonomous cities(Decapolis This post is a little confusing, can you clarify what you mean by it? I don't get it.
Comment icon #121 Posted by docyabut2 on 22 May, 2013, 22:15
Just a moment here, you are confusing things a bit. Archelaus did not do that, his father, Herod the Great did. The link you gave me is quite clear on this. You misread the text. Josephus is both direct in his deions and at times extremely opaque as to the participants in this event. Herod is in Jericho at his death.[2] Just prior to his final trip to Jericho, he was deeply involved in a religious conflagration. Herod had placed a golden eagle over the Temple entrance which was perceived as most blasphemous.[3] The eagle is chopped down with axes. Two teachers and approximately 40 other youths... [More]
Comment icon #122 Posted by Paranoid Android on 23 May, 2013, 6:29
At the Council of Nicea, the bishops couldn't agree on a birth date for Jesus. To settle the issue, Constantine chose December 25th, Mythra's birthday. Jesus' birthplace is also Mythra's birthplace. Same story. From Constantine's point of view, it didn't really matter when Jesus' birth was celebrated as long as Christians quit killing each other over the issue. The issues the bishops couldn't agree on, Constantine settled by decree. He used the power of the Roman state to force compliance, banishing two bishops who wouldn't concede. It worked: the council brought the warring factions together ... [More]
Comment icon #123 Posted by Paranoid Android on 23 May, 2013, 6:43
I think only a few children were actually killed by Herods soldiers, and that is why it isn't even a footnote in history.Considering the size, there were most likely less than 20 children in that age group. Still a horrible event, but the number of kids killed was far less than the kids killed at Sandy Hook, to use a modern example of child slaughter.
Comment icon #124 Posted by docyabut2 on 23 May, 2013, 12:14
This post is a little confusing, can you clarify what you mean by it? I don't get it. According to the map in the light green, Achhelaus did not rule in Bethlehem
Comment icon #125 Posted by docyabut2 on 23 May, 2013, 15:51
However Jorel, could it be that Herod in his last orders to kill all the males in the lineage, Achhelaus may have sent to Bethlehem to murder some children.I `m just trying to figure how the Bible story of Jesus`s birth was connected in some way to death of 3,000 after Herod the great had died.Is there a reason why Achhelaus according to Josephus at Herod the Great `s death had 3,000 killed?


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