a reply to: BELIEVERpriest
Further basis for the dates given is based on the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar. Jesus evidently was born in the month of Ethanim
(September-October) of the year 2 B.C.E. and was baptized about the same time of the year in 29 C.E. The basis for these dates is as follows:
Jesus was born approximately six months after the birth of his relative John (the Baptizer), during the rule of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus (31
B.C.E.–14 C.E.) and the Syrian governorship of Quirinius, and toward the close of the reign of Herod the Great over Judea. Matthew 2:1, 13, 20-22;
Luke 1:24-31, 36; 2:1, 2, 7.
While the year of Herod’s death is a debated one, there is considerable evidence pointing to 1 B.C.E. A number of events intervened between the
time of Jesus’ birth and Herod’s death. These included:
1. Jesus’ circumcision on the eighth day. Luke 2:2
2. Jesus being brought to the temple in Jerusalem 40 days after birth. Luke 2:22, 23; Leviticus 12:1-4, 8
3. The journey of the astrologers/magi “from eastern parts” to Bethlehem where Jesus was no longer in a manger but in a house. Matthew 2:1-11;
compare Luke 2:7, 15, 16
4. Joseph and Mary’s flight to Egypt with the young child. Matthew 2:13-15
5. Herod’s realization that the magi had not followed his instructions.
6. The slaughter of all boys in Bethlehem and its districts under the age of two years indicating that Jesus was not then a newborn infant but a
toddler. Matthew 2:16-18
Jesus’ birth taking place in the fall of 2 B.C.E. would allow for the time required by these events intervening between his birth and the death of
Herod, likely in 1 B.C.E. There is, however, added reason for placing Jesus’ birth in 2 B.C.E. By Herod sending out the magi to seek Jesus'
location, the time that lapsed and with the slaughter of all male babies in that region from 2 years old and under would indicate that Herod had
knowledge of the 70 week prophecy of Daniel.
Regarding the year Messiah was to appear, Luke 3:1-3 shows that John the Baptizer began his preaching and baptizing in “the fifteenth year of the
reign of Tiberius Caesar.” That 15th year ran from the latter half of 28 C.E. to August or September of 29 C.E. when Jesus went to John and was
baptized. When Jesus thereafter commenced his own ministry he was “about thirty years old.” (Luke 3:21-23) Tiberius became Emperor of Rome in 14
C.E. Counting forward from Tiberius' start in 14 to 29 C.E. we come at 29 C.E. , the fifteenth year of Tiberius' reign.
Within the 69 weeks (7 + 62) we can also determine the exact year when Jesus was born (2 B.C.E.) and the month, the month of Ethanim
edit on 28-9-2015 by Transparent because: typo