Friday, January 5, 2007


Well, folks, it looks like we've made it to another year on the Julian calendar. Just remember: Jesus was born in 4 BC because of "history's greatest numerical error."

But first, let me say thank you to HeathersWorldAz for leaving a nice comment on my last post. It's always encouraging to read of someone else's opinion about what you're writing on.

Now then, according to Dr. Paul Maier in his book, "The First Christmas":

"It was a sixth-century Roman monk-mathematician-astronomer named Dionysius Exiguus (Dionysius the Little) who unknowingly committed what became history's greatest numerical error in terms of cumulative effect. For in reforming the calendar to pivot about the birth of Christ, he dated the Nativity in the year 753 from the founding of Rome, when in fact Herod had died only 749 years after Rome's founding. The result of Dionysius' chronology, which remains current, was to give the correct traditional date for the founding of Rome, but one that is at least four or five years off for the birth of Christ."

Well, now that we all know why Christ was born before He was born, let's have a happy, safe, and prosperous new year! May God bless us, everyone.
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