Chronology

What Year Was Jesus Born?

Since the late 1500’s our calendars have been divided into two great epochs: A.D. which stands for anno domini or “year of the Lord,” and B.C. which stands for “before Christ.” Clearly, those who created our calendar intended to divide history into two parts, with the birth of Christ marking the change from one era to the next. Unfortunately, they were off by a few years, which means that we cannot say that Jesus was born in the year A.D. 1. The question is, then, in what year was Christ born?

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