The year of Christ’s Birth

In which year was Christ our Savior born? In terms of salvation, it does not matter — he was born as part of God’s plan to offer salvation to every human person without exception. But it is an interesting question, since it speaks to the historical circumstances of his life, and also has some bearing on how we date other events in his life and in the early Church.

My view, explained at length in my book, Important Dates in the Lives of Jesus and Mary, is that Jesus was born in 15 B.C. This date is years earlier than the dates given by other scholars. However, there is no agreement among Biblical chronologists as to the year of the Birth of Christ.

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