Easter II

The fellow who calculated the calendar we all use was named Dionysius Exiguus. He lived in the sixth century. At the time, dates were established by the person who was emperor at the time. In the Gospel according to Luke we read that Jesus’ ministry began in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius. Exiguus wanted to simplify things and so he chose the birth of Christ as the year in which all the numbers would start. But the calendar really was a mess. He miscalculated and erred in establishing the year of Jesus birth. We think that by the calendar we use now Jesus was born in the year 6 BC. There is some dispute about this, but we know it had to be before 4 BC because that is the year that Herod died.

Why is this important? Because if it was 6 BC that makes this year, 2024, really interesting. In real terms it would be 2030. It is most likely that Jesus started his rabbinic career, short-lived though it was, when he was thirty years old. The custom at the time was that no one below thirty could be called a rabbi. Do the math, that would make this the year of Jesus ministry. If he only had a one year ministry, this could well be the true 2000th anniversary of the death and resurrection of Jesus. There are a lot of assumptions there, but it is a fun thing to think about. Could be a fun little newsletter factotum or the like.

One week after the resurrection the disciples gathered in an upper room. The events of that night, as Thomas’ doubt was challenged by Jesus will be the focus of this week. Preach well.

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