James Talmage, an apostle, wrote a book called Jesus The Christ, in 1915 where he stated that Jesus Christ was born on April 6, 1 BC.
Reuben Clark, a member of the First Presidency in 1954, wrote that Jesus was born December, 5 BC or 4 BC.
C., based on the fact that he was deposed by Caesar in A.
The key information comes, of course, from Josephus who brackets the death by “a fast” and the Passover.
I have often wondered about that scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants and thought it might refer only to the date the church was established, not the date of our Savior’s birthday.
The rise of The Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it (the church) being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April.
The difficulty is that we have a fair amount of information, but it is equivocal.
Documenting the ancestry and general interests of Janice and Brien Cushman.[I wonder if this was how he stated it in the original edition as well as the more current ones.] This was/is a much acclaimed book, and one of the books the church recommends to all missionaries.First, Josephus informs us that Herod died shortly before a Passover ( 2.1.3), making a lunar eclipse in March (the time of the 4 B.He says that on the night of the fast there was a lunar eclipse—the only eclipse mentioned in the entire corpus of his work.Second, Josephus writes that Herod reigned for 37 years from the time of his appointment in 40 B.and 34 years from his conquest of Jerusalem in 37 B.Unfortunately, this eclipse was visible only very late that night in Judea and was additionally a minor and only partial eclipse.These reasons were articulated by Emil Schürer in A History of the Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ, also published in the 19th century.LDS scholars are looking at original documents — the original writings of The Book of Commandments and Revelations given to Joseph — and new evidences may not support this long-held Mormon belief that Jesus was born on April 6.I know, I know, I have heard it from the stand, from apostles, maybe even a prophet or two.Bruce Mc Conkie in his book, Mortal Messiah stated in 1979, We do not believe it is possible with the present state of our knowledge-including that which is known both in and out of the Church-to state with finality when the natal day of the Lord Jesus actually occurred” (Vol.However, that statement, or verse of scripture is actually a heading written by Joseph Smith’s scribe, John Whitmer, which he often did as an introductory to the actual revelation.