By Bishop Sarhad Y. Jammo
In Jerusalem: John P. Meier in A Marginal Jew, vol. 1, pp. 372-409, studies carefully the issue of Jesus birth, ministry, and Crucifixion, situating it in the historic context of world calendar and events; his conclusion, that we accept, gives us 6 BC for Jesus birth, 28-30 AD for the public ministry, Friday April 7, AD 30 for the crucifixion. a) Regarding the birth of Jesus, Herod the Great reign ends in 4 BC. b) Regarding the public ministry, Pontius Pilate was governor from 26 to 36 AD. c) Regarding the crucifixion, between 29 and 34 AD the only year 14 of Nissan fell on a Friday is AD 30, April 7, 30, Jesus being 36 years of age. (Luke 3:23 Jesus was “about thirty years old”). Consequently,
Chronology in Jerusalem
Saturday, April 1, Jesus was anointed in Bethany;
Sunday, April 2, he entered triumphantly in Jerusalem;
Monday April 3, he cleansed the Temple;
Thursday, April 6, he ate the Last Supper founding his liturgical Passover;
Friday, April 7-9 he fulfilled his Passover through death, burial, and resurrection.
In Babylon Gate of God
Amazingly, Nissan 1 was the beginning of the New Year (called Akito), where celebrations would last one week and more (=1-12 April), including the king’s entrance into the temple of Mardukh initiating the New Year and a new era. With the Magi from Babylon, celebrating the birth of the Messiah, the history of salvation concludes its panorama with a synchronization between what happened: in Jerusalem, the city of David son of Abraham, to the Son of Man, Son of God, and the back-root of salvation’s history, on one side, and what was happening in the eastern land of Mesopotamia, in its capital, Babylon the Gate of God, on the other. For The Chaldeans What A Great Finale!