Dating the birth of christ jeffrey r chadwick

04-Dec-2015 03:24

The problem is that scholars consider that Herod died earlier than Dionysus Exiguus placed the birth of Christ.This is based on the fact that the first-century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus recorded that Herod had died after an eclipse of the moon and before the following Passover (Antiquities of the Jews 17.6.4, 17.9.3).

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The first hint comes from Matthew 2:1, where we read that he was born in the time of “Herod the king.” That this refers to Herod the Great and not to one of his sons or grandsons of the same name, is clear from the fact that neither Herod Antipas nor Herod Philip were kings, but tetrarchs only, while the kings Herod Agrippa I and II were too late in time.

It is true that Herod had named another of his sons, Herod Archelaus, as king, but Matthew makes it clear that this Archelaus, in whose time Joseph, Mary, and Jesus returned from Egypt to Nazareth, was son of the Herod who had ordered the slaughter of the children at Bethlehem.