Greetings everyone! I want to keep my interview with Bill Alexander at the top of the Blog page. So here that is! Also, The Essence of Perfection is on sale at Amazon for $7.93, 50% off!
Today, I’m back to focusing on Matthew 2:16 and what clues we can find from about the Star of Bethlehem in this verse. Matthew 2:16 states, “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.”
So how does this fit with the time frame of the Chinese comet of March 5 BCE? We know from the Chinese archives, the only ancient primary source of anything that could have been the Star, that that comet was in the sky for 70 days (see my earlier post on why/how the Magi linked this to Jesus through Augustus). The comet may have been in the sky longer because the monsoon season in China begins in June. But, this is still shorter than the two-year time frame for boys born in Bethlehem to be slaughtered. How did we get to the two-year time frame?
Remember, that the Passover Full-Moon of March 23, 5 BCE was a total-lunar eclipse. The Passover Full-Moon of April 4, 6 BCE was a partial-lunar eclipse, and the Passover Full-Moon of April 14, 7 BCE was a penumbral eclipse. That completes a two-year span. The Magi were very aware of lunar eclipses, and believed they were a bad omen for kings (perhaps Herod). I do not know what they thought of a Passover eclipse or if they would associate it with Israel. If you believe Matthew, you know the Star led them to Jesus. All of these event happened in a two-year span from 7-5 BCE. It is possible that the Magi told Herod of the two-year span from the first eclipse to the time the comet was observed. Christians, time to wake up. The Talmud, based on the original Oral Law, is right about patriarchs being born and dying during the month of Nissan (Passover). If Christians have a problem with Jews or the Oral Law, then you’re not following Jesus. For a greater insight to this, read The Essence of Perfection. Until my next blog, GO WITH GOD!
Last night, I had the great pleasure to do a radio interview with Bill Alexander based out of western Pennsylvania. It was my first radio interview, and yes, I was nervous! Overall the interview accomplished what I wanted. Bill is a great interviewer with tons of experience, and really made the interview. I hope to create some podcasts in the near future. Here is the link. Until next time GO WITH GOD!
Before I start today, I want everyone to know that The Essence of Perfection is on sale at Amazon for $8.86. This is a great deal! I was going through some older blogs today, and found one that has a good Easter theme. It was from 11/03/17. I changed some of dates from that post after finding better information, and using R. H. van Gent's Jewish calendar converter.
This is what we know about Easter. It occurred during a Passover celebration. The Last Supper was, if you prefer Matthew, Mark, and Luke, a Passover meal. John tells us this was a Passover preparation meal, or the night before Passover. Therefore, scholars need to find a year around 30 CE when the Passover Full Moon was on a Thursday or Friday to correspond to the Gospels. This can be done with aid from the US Naval date converter and NASA. In my book, I have tested the Naval converter with historical primary sources from the last two-thousand years. The earliest date I have found so far and tested is from 397 CE. Thus, the 7-day week has been consistent since that date. I further believe that since there were no major events that could have changed that tradition. Both Jews and Christians were practicing the 7-Day week as long ago as the birth of Jesus. In fact, the 7-Day week may be the oldest continued religious practice dating well past the life of Moses. Based on that information I listed below the weekday that each Passover Full Moon occurred on between 27 CE and 34 CE. From this you can see that 30 CE and 33 CE are the best choice for the year of the Crucifixion. Most Biblical scholars prefer these 2 years.
April 10, 27 CE
March 30, 28 CE<<<<way off
April 17, 29 CE
April 6, 30 CE<<<<excellent choice
March 27, 31 CE
April 15, 32 CE
April 4, 33 CE<<<<good choice
March 23, 34 CE<<<<poor choice
In The Essence of Perfection I devote a chapter to the Crucifixion. I go greater in depth on this topic, but neatly sum up the findings. The following is that summary.
Evidence for a 30, CE Passover Crucifixion
1. The Talmud states that for 40 years before the destruction of Herod’s Temple several ominous miracles occurred before the Roman attack and following Temple destruction in 70 CE—meaning something unusual occurred in 30 CE.
2. Of the Passover dates from around this period, only 30 and 33 CE have a Full Moon that are close to the time of Jesus’s Friday death. The 30 CE date is on a Thursday and the 33 date is on a Saturday, so these would fit with the Friday Crucifixion and Sunday Resurrection.
3. John 2:20 states, The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days? The reconstruction of the Temple by Herod was begun in 19 BCE, with the inner Temple finished in 17 BCE. Forty-six years later would be around 29 CE. This is close enough to fit with the one-year ministry suggested in Matthew, Mark, and Luke to allow for a 30 CE Crucifixion.
4. Luke 3:1–23 informs us that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius, and his ministry lasted one year. Tiberius’s reign began in 14 CE; therefore, the fifteenth year would have been 29 CE, the start of Jesus’s one-year ministry. The following year, 30 CE, Jesus was crucified.
5. Clement of Alexandria wrote in the third century of the followers of Basilides, “Making a precise calculation, there are some who place his Passion in the sixteenth year of Tiberius Caesar on the twenty-fifth of Phamenoth.” The sixteenth year of Tiberius was 30 CE. But, the 25 of Phamenoth, the spring equinox, was on March 21. The Jewish vernal equinox was on March 26. Both are far from the April 6 start of Passover. 
1 Based on the Alexandrian calendar date of Phamenoth 25, 30 CE, from Robert Harry van Gent’s Almagest Ephemeris Calculator,
The Book of John tells of 3 Passovers. Some theologians believe that Jesus’ ministry lasted 3 years based on this fact. I tend to believe that the 3 Passovers listed in John are the same Passover, or the 30 CE Passover. I write more about the reason for this in my book. Therefore, after all of my research, I believe Jesus was Crucified on April 7, 30 CE and Resurrected on April 9, 30 CE. I will be examining 30 CE and 33 CE more over the next week, and hope blog more about why 30 CE is the better choice. I’ll just say that I see something of great significance that I need to explore more. Until then thank you, and GO WITH GOD!
Greeting Everyone! Here are the final results to the St. Cyprian Algorithm. If you what greeter insight to what I blog about, I suggest you pick up a copy of The Essence of Perfection. History tells us how the concept of the integral existence of Jesus was popular among many early Christians. I help to explain how this idea was slowly destroyed by Antisemitism generated by some early Church Fathers. This was further helped along with the desire by some of the same men to create a holiday that could compete with pagan winter festivals. Here is the results!
The St. Cyprian Algorithm for finding the date of the Nativity
This one is for the non-computer geeks. An algorithm (pronounced AL-go-rith-um) is a procedure or formula for solving a problem, based on conducting a sequence of specified actions.
The De Pascha Computus is an important source for the birth of Jesus, and the only one linking it to the creation account in Genesis. It also can be used to produce an algorithm that could unlock the date to the Nativity. It was written around 250 CE by an unknown theologian, most likely from northern Africa. The work as attributed to St. Cyprian. Although Passover is not mentioned by name in it, the Torah indicates that its seven days are on the same dates as the seven days of creation. The seven days of Passover coincide with the seven-day week that coincides with seven days of creation. According to the De Pascha Computus, the anniversary of creation was the same time as the spring equinox. It was also the same time as the Nativity. The passage reads:
O the splendid and divine providence of the Lord, that on that day, even the very day on which the sun was made, the 28 March, a Wednesday, Christ should be born. For this reason Malachi the prophet, speaking about him to the people, fittingly said, “Unto you shall the sun of righteousness arise, and healing is in his wings.
So, this is what an algorithm would look for the De Pascha Computus.
1. A verse from scripture that agrees with the De Pascha Computus.
2. A year from 7 BCE to 1 BCE that had Passover and the vernal equinox occurring at the same time.
3. A year that March 28 was on a Wednesday.
4. A year that March 25 was the first day of Passover and March 28 was the fourth day.
5. A celestial event or events that was occurring at the same time that could have been the Star of Bethlehem.
6. Reasons for the Magi recognizing those celestial event.
7. Further proof of a Passover Nativity.
8. Further proof of a Passover Nativity.
9. Further proof of a Passover Nativity
10. A connection to modern day Christmas (if this was widely accepted, there would be a connection to Dec. 25).
 Susan Roll, Toward the Origins of Christmas, 82. The verse reference is from Mal 3:20.
Results for the the algorithm for the first 3 steps. I must confess that I had a pretty good idea of which of the years from 7 BCE to 1 BCE would come out on top, but I was not sure how well the other years would do.
First Step- A verse from scripture that agrees with the De Pascha Computus.
According to the De Pascha Computus Jesus was born near the vernal equinox. Therefore, if one was searching for a verse that backs up this believe, it would need to indicate a springtime birth for Jesus during the month of Nissan. There is a verse from the Talmud that does just that. Thus, the De Pascha Computus is valid due to the fact that it is plainly backed by sacred Jewish scripture. It states,
R. Yehoshua, says: In Nissan the world was created, and in the same month the patriarchs were born, and in Nissan they also died; Isaac was born on the Passover; on New Year’s Day Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah were visited, Joseph was released from prison, and the bondage of our fathers in Egypt ceased. In Nissan our ancestors were redeemed from Egypt, and in the same month we shall again be redeemed.
Second Step- A year from 7 BCE to 1 BCE that had Passover and the vernal equinox occurring at the same time. Here are Passover dates from 7 BCE to 1 BCE. Tekufot (Jewish vernal equinox) according to Mar Samuel Yarhinai. This is based on the Jewish calendar converter by R. H. van Gent. Of the seven years, only 5 BCE and 2 BCE have a Passover and vernal equinox occurring at the same time.
7 BCE- 1st day of Passover is April 14, Jewish equinox is March 26
6 BCE- 1st day of Passover is April 3, Jewish equinox is March 26
5 BCE- 1st day of Passover is March 23, Jewish equinox is March 25
4 BCE- 1st day of Passover is April 12, Jewish equinox is March 25
3 BCE- 1st day of Passover is March 31, Jewish equinox is March 26
2 BCE- 1st day of Passover is March 20, Jewish equinox is March 26
1 BCE- 1st day of Passover is April 8, Jewish equinox is March 25
Third Step- A year that March 28 was on a Wednesday.
7 BCE- March 28 is a Saturday
6 BCE- March 28 is a Sunday
5 BCE- March 28 is a Tuesday
4 BCE- March 28 is a Wednesday
3 BCE- March 28 is a Thursday
2 BCE- March 28 is a Friday
1 BCE- March 28 is a Sunday
Of the seven years, the only one that works with this step is 4 BCE.
Fourth step- A year that March 25 was the first day of Passover and March 28 was the fourth day.
There is only one year, 5 BCE in which a Passover occurs at the same as the Jewish equinox on either March 25 or March 26.
March 23 5 BCE was the first day of Passover, March 25 was the third day of Passover, March 28 the seventh day of Passover.
Fifth step- A celestial event or events that was occurring at the same time that could have been the Star of Bethlehem.
The Chinese observed a comet in March 5 BCE in the constellation of Capricorn. This is the only primary source available, that I know of, that could have been the Star of Bethlehem. A total lunar eclipse also occurred on the Passover Moon on March 23. Thus, based on ancient primary sources, the only celestial event or object that could have been the Star of Bethlehem was this comet that was in the sky during the month of Passover.
Sixth Step- Reasons for the Magi recognizing those celestial event.
Although we will most likely never know what the 5 BCE Chinese comet looked like or how its tail pointed, it is a historical fact that Caesar Augustus justified his reign based on a comet shortly after Julius Caesar’s death. Augustus was also a proud Capricorn. Both comets and Capricorn are depicted on the back of his official coins. The Talmud inform us that a total lunar eclipse was bad for Israel. Was this the reason told in Matt. 2 for Herod and Jerusalem being troubled?
Seventh Step- Further proof of a Passover Nativity.
Matthew 2:2-4 states, After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.
The teachers of the law knew the Oral Law and the belief of the patriarchs being born in Nissan, the month of Passover. Herod and Jerusalem being troubled could be due to the fact that the Passover of 5 BCE was a total eclipse.
Eighth Step- Further proof of a Passover Nativity.
Clement of Alexandria notes in the 2nd Century that some of the Gnostic Christians of Alexandria were worshiping Jesus’ birth and death on the same date.
Ninth Step- Further proof of a Passover Nativity.
A 3rd statue of St. Hippolytus of Rome was rediscovered in 1551 noting that Passover was not only the death of Jesus, but also the Genesis. This indicates that his followers, not Gnostic Christians, believed Passover to be the time of the Nativity.
Tenth Step- A connection to modern day Christmas (if the Passover birth was widely accepted there would be a connection to Dec. 25).
St. Hippolytus statue indicates that Jesus was born on Passover. 200 years latter St. Augustine said that Jesus was conceived on March 25, the the day of the Jewish equinox. This is nine months before December 25.
Of all the years from 7 BCE to 1 BCE, 5 BCE is the clear best choice as the winner of the algorithm. Steps 3 and 4 do not match with 5 BCE. Step 3 is one day off and step 4 is two days off. 5 BCE has an excellent Star of Bethlehem candidate, valid reasons for the Magi to visit Jesus, and proof from the Talmud and Matthew. Any Christian who is Anti-Semitic should reconsider their views or do further research. Remember Jesus told us to obey the Law, cleansed the Temple, and fulfilled prophecy from the Bible and Talmud. Until next time, GO WITH GOD!
1 Michael L. Rodkinson and Isaac M. Wise, New Edition of the Babylonian Talmud (Boston: Boston New Talmud Society, 1918), 917.
Hello brothers and sisters in Christ! If you enjoy reading my post, Amazon is selling The Essence of Perfection for $9.50 today, I believe they will only sell a few at that price, so the early bird gets the worm. I hope that's not an insult to worms. I can only blog about so much at a time. If you want a deeper insight to what I blog about, I suggest picking up a copy. I will also be doing a book signing in Normal, Illinois at J. Jill in the College Shoppes from 2-4 today. I have a YouTube interview setup for Tuesday April 16. I will post more about this later. This will be my first real interview, so PLEASE PRAY FOR ME! I will also be working more on the St. Cyprian Algorithm. Perhaps later this weekend. I ask you to take this time to learn more about what Passover is. Passover was very important to Jesus, and I believe he would want his Church to honor it, or at least acknowledge it more. I must be honest, I really did not know anything about Passover until I started researching this topic. If we want to end Antisemitism in the United States it starts by understanding how import the Judeo in Judeo-Christian values are to our countries own history. Until my next post, GO WITH GOD!
15 years ago I became interested in the date that Jesus was born. This led to several years of research, I quickly realized that there was no valid information that provided any real answers to this question. Since this website is getting some interest, I will post from time to time some of the information I learned during this quest.