How old was jesus when he died

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if you say 33! think again! Jesus was born while Herod was still alive, and it is an indisputable fact that Herod died in 4 bc

again before you jump to conclusions

listen to this audio file or read the history books

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And how does that fact make Jesus NOT 33??

The date of Jesus' birth was not recorded, but neither was the date of His death.  But we have a set of biographies that tell us that he was 33 when He died.

Given that information, YES, Jesus was born sometime in 4-6 BC.  He lived 33 years, and thus died sometime between 27 and 29 AD.

the problem is with the different changes in the calendars throughout the last 2000 years.  There are MANY differences between the Jewish Calendar, the Gregorian Calendar, and the Julian Calendar, all of which make an exact determination of Jesus' birth and death impossible.

But we KNOW from the written account by the Physician and  historian Luke that:

"Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. " [Luke 3:23]

And by counting  Passovers listed in the other Gospels we know that Jesus preached for three years.

It doesn't matter what year He was born.  He was "about" 33 years old when he died.
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Luke says he was about thirty when he began his ministry; given the time of his ministry from John, he would have been about 33 when crucified.

Matthew says Jesus was born while Herod was still alive.  Luke says Jesus was born during the census ordered by Quirinius or Cyrenius, governor of Syria.  There is a difference of about five to ten years between these two events.  In any case, no Roman census would have applied to Judea while Herod was alive, so these two sources simply don't agree on the date.

The date of Herod's death is not "indisputable."  Scholars have been disputing it for some time.  However, it would fall into the range 4-1 BC.
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Sage - You mention that all evidence would show that Jesus never existed.  Please cite your sources?  You say that Jesus is nowhere other than the Bible...

Have you tried looking in an Encyclopedia? --- As you know, Encyclopedias are accepted throughout the world as credible "FACT".

What about the Dictionary --- Also known to be credible?

For those who doubt that Jesus existed or the Gospels themselves are just "stories"... take into account the following:

1. There was insufficient time for legendary influences to expunge the historical facts. The interval of time between the events themselves and the recording of them in the gospels is too short to have allowed the memory of what had or had not actually happened to be erased.

2. The gospels are not analogous to folk tales or contemporary "urban legends." Tales like those of Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill or contemporary urban legends like the "vanishing hitchhiker" rarely concern actual historical individuals and are thus not analogous to the gospel narratives.

3. The Jewish transmission of sacred traditions was highly developed and reliable. In an oral culture like that of first-century Palestine, the ability to memorize and retain large tracts of oral tradition was a highly prized and highly developed skill. From the earliest age children in the home, elementary school, and the synagogue were taught to memorize faithfully sacred traditions. The disciples would have exercised similar care with the teachings of Jesus.

4. There were significant restraints on the embellishment of traditions about Jesus, such as the presence of eyewitnesses and the apostles’ supervision. Since those who had seen and heard Jesus continued to live and the tradition about Jesus remained under the supervision of the apostles, these factors would act as a natural check on tendencies to elaborate the facts in a direction contrary to that preserved by those who had known Jesus.

5. The Gospel writers have a proven track record of historical reliability.
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Assuming Jesus existed, and that he was indeed born before the death of Herod the Great, we have only the gospel's assertion that Jesus was about 30 when he began his ministry.  Most traditions assume that ministry was about 3 years, so they naturally assume he was 33 when he died.  The gospels say NOTHING about the year Jesus died, only that it occurred during the procuratorship of Pontius Pilate.  So what does your question mean?
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I'll  alert the media

btw, just for the fun of it..there was never a 0 (zero) year.

Luke 3:23   And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was [the son] of Heli,

3 1/2 years later  Christ was crucified
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"Christ" is a title; it means "anointed". It was applied by Jews to many different kings and prophets.

Christians are confused about there only being one "anointed". There was only supposed to be one Messiah (and he was only ever supposed to arrive ONCE).

Jesus might have been a real person.

If he was real, his age was never recorded. During his life, he was not considered important enough to record his birthday.

It was however remarked that he was a little younger than his cousin John (The Baptist); John was important enough to have his birthday recorded.
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Wrong!!  All the evidence says he never existed outside of the bible!!!

In simple terms, academia states that in the absence of proof of the existence of something it must be deemed not to exist until verifiable proof is found - thus god is held not to exist pending some sort of verifiable evidence.

There is not one single mention of Jesus in the entire Roman record - that is right - not one!!! At the same time as he was supposed to have been around, there were a number of Jews claiming to be the messiah - all of whom are well recorded!!

There is not a single contemporary record from any source and even the bible mentions of him like all other references were not written until many years after his supposed death!!

He was supposed to have been a huge problem to the Romans and produced wonderful miracles but still not one contemporary record?

Even the bible mentions him like all other references were not written until many years after his supposed death!!

Pilot is recorded in the Roman record as a somewhat lack luster man but no mention of a Jesus, a trial, or crucifixion that would surely have been used to make him look brighter!!

At best he was an amalgam of those others!!