Kimball said, “The name Jesus Christ and what it represents has been plowed deep into the history of the world, never to be uprooted.
Christ was born on the sixth of April.” Elder David A.
The problem is that scholars consider that Herod died earlier than Dionysus Exiguus placed the birth of Christ.
This is based on the fact that the first-century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus recorded that Herod had died after an eclipse of the moon and before the following Passover (Antiquities of the Jews 17.6.4, 17.9.3).
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We know by revelation that today is the actual and accurate date of the Savior’s birth.” While many members and Church leaders believe April 6 was the birth date of Christ, the Church has no official position.
The first hint comes from Matthew 2:1, where we read that he was born in the time of “Herod the king.” That this refers to Herod the Great and not to one of his sons or grandsons of the same name, is clear from the fact that neither Herod Antipas nor Herod Philip were kings, but tetrarchs only, while the kings Herod Agrippa I and II were too late in time.
It is true that Herod had named another of his sons, Herod Archelaus, as king, but Matthew makes it clear that this Archelaus, in whose time Joseph, Mary, and Jesus returned from Egypt to Nazareth, was son of the Herod who had ordered the slaughter of the children at Bethlehem.
Notes by Kevin Barney for his Gospel Doctrine Class, Schaumburg 2nd Ward, December 19, 2010 I. He was a Hellenized (“Greekified”) Jew, and this was a Hellenistic practice. Doing this has the potential to wreak havoc with other issues in Bo M chronology.
Mark -28 portrays a birthday celebration for Herod Antipas. He assumes the Nephites would have used a solar year like the Mayan Haab.
Early Church Fathers come up with dates, including May 20, March 21, April 21 and April 15, but these are obviously guesses. Eventually, from the third to fourth centuries, the field narrows to two contenders: December 25 in the west and January 6 in the east. C.: GBH, SWK, HBL, JET, BHR, JCL, JPP, Others [majority view] December, 5 B. And since the Bo M is keeping track of time over long periods of time, I would think the long-count calendar would be more applicable; that is its whole reason for existence.