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How do we know when Jesus lived?

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Explain how we have approximated the dates of Jesus' birth and death as well as the length of his ministry. List primary and secondary sources describing his life. Which of these sources is the most important? How important is accurate historical information in providing a foundation for accepting and believing the gospel message?

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Explain how we have approximated the dates of Jesus' birth and death as well as the length of his ministry. List primary and secondary sources describing his life. Which of these sources is the most important? How important is accurate historical information in providing a foundation for accepting and believing the gospel message?

We use the information supplied in the gospels as well as Roman records to ascertain the dates regarding Jesus. He was born between 4 BC and 6 AD (Herod died in 4 BC and Quirinius conducted a census in 6 AD). Luke tells us he was baptized by John the Baptist whose ministry began in the 15th year of Tiberius' reign according to Luke 3:1-2. Jesus' ministry lasted between 1 and 3 years according to the gospels. Jesus was executed by Pontius Pilate was was in power between 26 and 36 AD.

Primary sources of Jesus' life include the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John ...

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This solution discusses the dates associated with the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Primary and secondary sources of his life are discussed. The importance of these sources is also examined. Over 550 words of original text.

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