Die geboortedatum van Christus as 'n historiese probleem

  • F. P. Retief University of the Free State
  • J. F. G. Cilliers University of the Free State
  • M. J. H. Hoffman University of the Free State

Abstract

In the past attempts to establish the date of birth of Jesus have led to proposed dates as early as 20 BC but also as late as 2 AD. In this article the limited primary historical sources are carefully examined and contemporary interpretations of these sources are critically reviewed. Astronomical information concerning the so-called “star of Bethlehem” is examined to determine to what extent it can contribute to a more accurate pinpointing of the date of birth. This examination leads to the conclusion that the date of birth of Jesus should be placed in 5 BC or 6 BC (between March and November).

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Published
2005-01-31
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