New dating of nativity and crucifixion
The Synaxarion readings we use at my church during Holy Week have one feature that strikes me as very odd: they assign Roman calendar dates to the days of the week of Christ's death and resurrection.
Last night at Bridegroom Matins, for example, the Synaxarion that I read to the congregation said that the day when Judas agreed to betray Jesus was Wednesday, which corresponded to 21 March.
Following is New Testament Chronology, (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1990), 401 pages, by Kenneth Frank Doig.
This book proposes that the calendar of Scripture includes a year that began in the Spring and a day that began at sunrise. The Creation Calendar - Forty-first Century BCE 7, III.
I have been unable to track down the source of this chronology.I'll skip that tangent for now and save it for a separate post in December.) Modern scholars have attempted to determine the date of the Crucifixion by reconstructing the Jewish lunar calendar for the range of years in which Christ might have died.Following Luke 3:1-2, which places the beginning of Christ's ministry with respect to the reigns of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate, Herod Antipas, Philip, and Lysanias, the range of plausible years can be narrowed to 34, which restricts the range further. In addition, those of us who do so celebrate the birth of Jesus near the Winter Solstice, on Christmas or the Epiphany (January 6). The date of Jesus' birth is not explicitly stated in the Gospels.Dates for the birth of Jesus often hover around the period from 7-4 B.
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The nativity of Jesus is only directly described in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.