In what year was Jesus born?
We do not have an exact date for Jesus’ birth in scripture, but we can narrow the date down based on some details. First, we know that Herod the Great was ruling when Jesus was born:
Since history records that Herod the Great died in 4 BC, Jesus must have been born no later than 4 BC. Secondly, we know that Jesus began His earthly ministry at “about” the age of 30:
Furthermore, we know Jesus’ earthly ministry to Israel lasted three years, as Jesus refers to Himself as the landowner in the parable of the unfruitful tree in the vineyard:
Putting all this together, we suppose that Jesus died at the age of 33, having been born in 4 BC and having begun His earthly ministry in the year AD 26. If our suppositions are correct, then Jesus would have died on Passover in the year 28 AD.
Interestingly, when we consult astronomical records, we find that the day of Passover (14th of Nisan on the Jewish calendar) occurred on a Thursday in the year AD 28, which is correct day for Jesus’ death according to the Bible.
Therefore, we all evidence points to Jesus’ birth in the year 4 BC.