Dating the birth of christ jeffrey r chadwick
Published Views of LDS General Authorities Before considering any other data, a brief review of LDS thinking on this subject is in order.During the nineteenth century, latter-day prophets from Joseph Smith to Lorenzo Snow evidently made no specific comments on the date of Jesus’s birth.
During the twentieth century, three different LDS Apostles published major studies on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and in them offered models for the date of Jesus’s birth.
Talmage, who based his statement about Jesus’s birth date on the idea that D&C 20:1—which names Tuesday, April 6, 1830, as the date of the organization of the latter-day Church—means that exactly 1,830 years had passed (to the day) since the Savior’s birth. Reuben Clark, who served as both First and Second Counselor in the First Presidency, published , Clark pointed to the traditional early winter time frame for the date of Jesus’s birth.
He explained: “I am not proposing any date as the true date.
But in order to be as helpful to students as I could, I have taken as the date of the Savior’s birth the date now accepted by many scholars,—late 5 b.c. In the timetables he employed in his book, Clark listed his preferred time range for Jesus’s nativity as December of 5 bc, and the time range of the Annunciation to Mary as nine months earlier in March of 5 bc. Mc Conkie was the third General Authority to prepare a systematic study of the life of Christ.
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