How did the idea that Jesus' ministry lasted 3 1/2 years develop?

by Doug Mason 14 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • snowbird

    Interesting, A&S.

    After one year, the lamb becomes a sheep, right?

    Somehow, Sheep of God doesn't have the same ring as Lamb of God, does it?

    Agnus Dei sounds so much better than Ovis Dei.


  • PSacramento

    I guess, in terms of secular evidence, we have to go with the time frame of Herod and Pilate, Jesus's ministry lasted from before herod was killed to before Pilate was sent home.

  • snowbird
  • wobble

    Doug, you have a P.M

  • Doug Mason
    Doug Mason

    Once more I express my gratitude to Leolaia for her knowledge and her willingness to share it so freely. Thank you so much.


    In his book, "Jesus for the Non-Religious" (published 2007), John Shelby Spong connects Jesus with Yom Kippur, saying that when Paul wrote "Christ died for our sins", he was relating Christ's death to the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur, in September) rather than to the Passover (in Spring).

    Spong also writes: "By the time the Fourth Gospel was written, the connection between Jesus and the sacrifice of Yom Kippur had become complete and the interpretation of Jesus under the symbols of Yom Kippur was fixed". (see his pages 159-169)


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