The Birth of Jesus Christ is to Christians an important part of their religious doctrine and tomorrow being the 25th day of December 2015, that Birth date will again be celebrated. But is the 25th of December the real Birth Date of Jesus Christ?
The birth year of Jesus as we know it today was formulated by Dionysius Exiguus, a Scythian monk of a Roman Monastery. His permutations went thus:
#. In the Roman, pre-Christian era, years were counted from ab urbe condita (“the founding of the City” [Rome]). Thus 1 AUC signifies the year Rome was founded, 5 AUC signifies the 5 th year of Rome’s reign, etc.
#. Dionysius received a tradition that the Roman emperor Augustus reigned 43 years, and was followed by the emperor Tiberius.
#. Luke 3:1,23 indicates that when Jesus turned 30 years old, it was the 15 th year of Tiberius reign.
#. If Jesus was 30 years old in Tiberius’ reign, then he lived 15 years under Augustus (placing Jesus birth in Augustus’ 28 th year of reign).
To be continued.