The fact that Illinois has no more teams left in the tournament, what an embarrassment, has given me plenty of time to question non-basketball theology, yes basketball is a religion in the Mid-West, specifically Indiana. Because of this reality, I have much more free time to ponder the meaning of time and God. Buffalo Wild Wings loss is your gain! With this extra time I have created an algorithm to a significant 3rd century writing that tells of the birth of Jesus. This is interesting because according to it the time of Jesus' death, Passover, would also be his birth. This indicates that the author of this work believed Jesus to have lived an Integral Existence. or one not only spiritual, but chronological. Plato would love this sort of stuff.
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 is 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, the traditional time for farmers to plant their crops. 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 like for the De Pascha Computus.
The results of the algorithm coming in the next couple of days! Until then, GO WITH GOD!
1 Susan Roll, Toward the Origins of Christmas, 82. The verse reference is from Mal 3:20.
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.