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New Testament Events

New Testament Events

This course is part of the book,
Mahieu, Bieke. Between Rome and Jerusalem. Herod the Great and His Sons in Their Struggle for Recognition: A Chronological Investigation of the Period 40 BC-39 AD, with a Time Setting of New Testament Events. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 208. Leuven: Peeters, 2012.
 

ECTS Credits: 3
Professor: Dr. Bieke Mahieu

Contents of the course "New Testament Events"
 

Step 1

Abbreviations 4
A. Ancient literature 4
B. Ancient papyrology 7
C. Ancient epigraphy 7
D. Ancient numismatics 8
E. Dictionaries and encyclopedias 8
F. Modern works 8

Step 2

The births of John the Baptist and Jesus 15
A. Quirinius and the census 15
1. The census under Quirinius 15
2. The census before Quirinius 16
B. The census in Tishri 1 BC/1 AD 21
1. The historical setting of the ministry of John the Baptist 21
2. Tiberius’s years in the Gospel of Luke 21
3. The census of Tishri 1 BC/1 AD in the Gospel of Luke 25
C. Conclusion 27

Step 3

The ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus 29
A. The ministry of John the Baptist and the beginning of Jesus’s ministry 29
1. The first Passover during Jesus’s ministry 29
2. The ministry of John the Baptist 31
3. The first Passover during Jesus’s ministry and the Sabbatical cycle 33
B. The last Passover during Jesus’s ministry 35
1. The weekday 35
2. The lunar day in the Gospel of John 36
3. The lunar day in the Synoptics 36
4. The lunar day in writings other than the Gospels 37
5. The lunar day in astronomy 38
6. The crucifixion on 14 Nisan 33 AD 39
C. The duration of Jesus’s ministry 41
1. A ministry of one year 41
2. A ministry of more than one year 42
3. A ministry of three and a half years 43
D. Conclusion 45

Step 4

A. The apostolate of Paul 46
The chronological indications found in the Acts of the Apostles 46
1. The first visit to bring aid to Judea 46
2. The second visit to bring aid to Judea 48
3. The participation in the Council of Jerusalem 51
4. The visit to the church of Jerusalem en route from Corinth to Antioch 54
5. The imprisonments in Jerusalem and Caesarea 56
6. The departure from Caesarea for Rome 59

Step 5

B. The apostolate of Paul 63
The chronological indications found in the Pauline epistles 63
1. The introduction into the church of Jerusalem during the rule of Aretas IV 63
2. The introduction into the church of Jerusalem fourteen years before writing 2 Cor 64
3. The conversion on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus 66
4. The fourteen years in Gal 2:1 67
C. Conclusion 72

Step 6

Conclusion 75
History in the New Testament 75
1. A survey of the proposed and conventional chronologies 75
2. The rationale behind the proposed chronologies for John the Baptist and Jesus 78
3. The rationale behind the proposed chronology for Paul 78

Step 7

Bibliography 81

A. Ancient literature 81
B. Ancient papyrology 87
C. Ancient epigraphy 88
D. Ancient numismatics 89
E. Dictionaries and encyclopedias 89
F. Modern works 90