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Herod the Great and Jesus: Chronological, Historical and Archaeological Evidence

ByGerard Gertoux

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The traditional date of 4 BCE for Herod’s death, as set forth by E. Schürer (1896), has been accepted by historians for years without notable controversy. However, according to the texts of Luke and Matthew, Herod died shortly after Jesus’ birth, which can be fixed in 2 BCE. Consequently, there is apparently a major chronological contradiction, however Josephus gives a dozen synchronisms that enable us to date his death on 26 January 1 BCE just after a total lunar eclipse (9 January 1 BCE) prior to the Passover. Two important events confirm the dating of Herod's death: the ‘census of Quirinius’ in Syria which was a part of the ‘Inventory of the world’ ordered by Augustus when he became ‘Father of the Country’ in 2 BCE and the ‘war of Varus’ after Herod's death conducted under the auspices of Caius Caesar, the imperial legate of the East, and dated during the year of his consulship in 1 CE.

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Publication Date
Nov 18, 2015
Language
English
ISBN
9781329698161
Category
History
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Gerard Gertoux

Specifications

Pages
160
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Color
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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