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Thomas Parker wrote:

Hi, guys —

I know that Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his public ministry according to Luke 3:23.

  • That said, why do so many people say that He began His public ministry in 4 B.C.?


  { Why do so many people say that Jesus began His public ministry in 4 B.C.? }

Mike replied:

Hi Thomas,

You said:

  • That said, why do so many people say that He began His public ministry in
    4 B.C.?

I don't think they are necessarily saying that, except in the sense that Our Lord's birthday may, or some say, probably is, off by about 4 years.

In that case, it would be correct to say the Incarnate God-Man, Jesus, started His Divine Ministry when he was born.

The posting will give you the math behind this.

I hope this helps,


John replied:

Hi, Thomas —

I'm not completely versed in this, but it has to do with how the calendar was calculated and mistakes that might have been made when they came up with the first Christian calendar.

It's not really a significant matter and certainly doesn't having any real bearing on doctrine.


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