#1 Jesus was born years earlier than thought, claims Pope11-21-2012, 10:07 PM
The 'mistake' was made by a sixth century monk known as Dionysius Exiguus or in English Dennis the Small, the 85-year-old pontiff claims in the book 'Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives', published on Wednesday.
"The calculation of the beginning of our calendar – based on the birth of Jesus – was made by Dionysius Exiguus, who made a mistake in his calculations by several years," the Pope writes in the book, which went on sale around the world with an initial print run of a million copies.
"The actual date of Jesus's birth was several years before."
Which Popes were infallible, the Pope now or the Popes that agreed with the later birth date?
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#3 Pope's wrong...oops11-22-2012, 12:23 PM
I have read from many sources that Christ was actually born around 4 A.D. and so that's what I believe also. If that's true, then the Julian calendar is screwed up too, right?"Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people"...John Adams
11-22-2012, 11:18 PM
I don't think it matters that much *when* he was born. We already celebrate his birthday on a day that probably isn't close to when he was acutally born.
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11-26-2012, 12:27 PM
But both Luke and Matthew associate Jesus' birth with the time of King Herod. Most scholars generally assume a date of birth between 6 and 4 BC.
However, many scholars see a contradiction, in that while the Gospel of Matthew places Jesus' birth under the reign of Herod the Great, who died in 4 BC, the Gospel of Luke also dates the birth ten years after Herod's death during the census of Quirinius, described by the historian Josephus.
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