Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 2, 2014

Herod’s death

When did Herod the Great die? It has long been assumed that he died in 4BC, and that Jesus was born in 4 BC. But chronology strongly suggests he was born on the feast of trumpets, 2 BC. This is approximately 1.25 years before 0. Ernest L. Martin suggests that the lunar eclipse Josephus mentions was actually January 10, 1 BC. But the eclipse of December 29, 1 BC has also been proposed. I think this is correct. That would mean Herod died about late January 1 AD. Less than two years after 1.25 BC. Jesus was actually a toddler when they fled to Egypt. In the paper, John Pratt suggests Jesus was born at Passover, which is incorrect.

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