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It was Dionysius' job to help make this happen and he tried to do so by reforming the calendar; calculating the date of Jesus' birth was a means to this end, not an end in itself.Using the four gospels to determine Jesus' birth, however, is problematic since the Gospel of John does not agree with the other three and Matthew, Mark, and Luke do not always agree with each other regarding significant events. Cargill explains: According to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus was born during the reign of Herod the Great.Christians used the calendar and the Roman calendar in the early years of the faith. 525 CE, however, a new concept in dating was introduced by a monk named Dionysius Exiguus (c.470-544 CE) which provided the groundwork for the later dating system of BC/AD.("in the year of our Lord") in an attempt to stabilize the date of the celebration of Easter.At the time he was working on this problem, Christians of the influential church of Alexandria were dating events from the beginning of the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian (284 CE) who persecuted members of the new faith.
An even greater problem still exists with the BC/AD system: the year of Jesus’ birth differs depending on which Gospel one reads.If we add to these 4 years the fact that Herod the Great did not die immediately after the birth of Jesus, but, according to Matthew, ordered the death of all children two years of age and younger in an attempt to kill Jesus, we can add an additional two years to the birth of Jesus, making his birth approximately 6 BCE.If we also add the missing year zero, it is most likely that, according to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus was born around 7 BCE!Those who oppose the use of the "common era" designation also seem to feel that the use of BC/AD is actually stipulated by the Bible or in some way carries biblical authority.
There is no biblical authority for BC/AD; it was created over 500 years after the events described in the Christian New Testament and was not accepted usage until after another 500 years had passed.The only problem with this dating system was that no one knew when Jesus of Nazareth was born.