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Important Dates in the Lives of Jesus and Mary is a thoroughly-researched book on the topic of Biblical chronology. The book presents substantial evidence for a new chronology of events during the time of the New Testament. Read the Summary of Dates in Salvation History, or the revised dates for events in Roman History presented by this book.The book's Table of Contents is listed below.Copyright by Ronald L. Conte, Jr.
1. Guidelines - This chapter examines some of the most basic premises upon which the chronological arguments in this book rest.
2. Crucifixion of Jesus Christ - presents two separate arguments that Christ was crucified on April 7 of AD 19. This chapter also gives the time of day for each event in Christ's Passion.
3. Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost - gives the dates for each of these events. This chapter also examines the timing of each event on the day of the Resurrection, and each appearance of Christ to the disciples between the Resurrection and the Ascension.
4. Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ - presents two separate arguments that Christ was born in 15 BC; gives the date of Christ's Birth as Nov. 25, 15 BC; evidence for the year of the Birth of Christ includes microletters from the Lapis Venetus; identifies the Christmas star as a comet mentioned by the ancient Roman historian Cassius Dio.
5. Virgin Incarnation of God - gives the approximate date for John the Baptist's conception and birth, the date for the Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth, the date of the betrothal (wedding) of Joseph and Mary, and the date of the Incarnation (conception) of Jesus Christ. Shows, based on the Gospel of Luke, that Dec. 25 is too late a date for the Birth of Christ.
6. Divine Childhood - presents chronological details about the childhood of Christ, including: the Circumcision, the presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple, the flight to Egypt, the massacre of the Holy Innocents, the childhood of John the Baptist, the martyrdoms of Zechariah and Elizabeth, the return from Egypt, and the finding of Jesus in the Temple (when He was 12).
7. Ministry of Jesus Christ - the chronology of Christ's Ministry, including: the death of Saint Joseph, the ministry of John the Baptist, the Baptism of Jesus, the first sacrament of Baptism, the 40 days in the wilderness, the wedding at Cana, and John the Baptist's arrest, imprisonment, and martyrdom; also explains the meaning of the phrase "the second first Sabbath".
8. Immaculate Virgin Conception - the Virgin Mary was conceived, solely by a miracle of God, on Nov. 8 of 31 BC at the Temple of Jerusalem during the festival celebrating the completion of the rebuilding of the Sanctuary.
9. Virgin Birth of Mary - Mary was born on August 5, 30 BC. This chapter also discusses the Virgin Mary's Naming Day, when she was formally given her name, Mary, on the 15th day from her birth (similar to when Jesus was formally given His name on the 8th day from His birth). Details are also given about the presentation of Mary in the Temple (St. Ann's purification) and the beginning of Mary's service as a Temple virgin.
10. Dormition, Resurrection, Assumption - This chapter discusses the timing of the death, Resurrection, and Assumption to Heaven of the Virgin Mary.
11. Early Church History - This chapter presents a new, detailed chronology of the early Church, from the ordination of the first Deacons and the martyrdom of St. Stephen, to the missionary journeys of St. Paul, to the martyrdoms of St. James the greater, St. James the less, St. Peter and St. Paul, and St. Mark the Evangelist. The time frame for the writing of each Gospel is also discussed. The Virgin Mary's travels and dwelling places are also mentioned, as is the death of St. John the Apostle and Gospel writer.
12. Reign of King Herod - covers the chronology of Herod the great, especially his capture of Jerusalem, the rebuilding of the Temple, and his death in early 8 BC.
13. Reigns of Roman Emperors - presents substantial evidence that the generally-accepted dates for events in first century BC and first century AD Roman history are in error. Evidence from eclipses and comet sightings (mentioned by ancient Roman historian in conjuntion with historical events), as well as evidence from the writings of the ancient historians, supports a much earlier chronology.
14. Fall of Jerusalem - a detailed analysis of the chronology of Josephus' eyewitness description of the siege and destruction of Jerusalem in AD 56 (not in AD 70, as has been generally believed).
15. Calendar Suggestions - suggestions for a thoroughly-revised Christian liturgical calendar, based on the true dates for events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. This chapter also suggests changing the date given to the Spring Equinox and the method for determining Easter Sunday, so that all Christians can celebrate Easter on the same day.
16. Sabbatical and Jubilee Years - In ancient times, the Jews began the Sabbatical year in the spring, not in the autumn (as they did from the time of Herod the great till today). Jesus was conceived in a Sabbatical year and born in a Jubilee year. Jesus will Return in a Jubilee year (AD 2437).
17. Technical Notes - answers some techincal questions about the ancient Jewish calendar system, the start of Passover, and Jewish leap years. This chapter also covers some technical details about eclipses mentioned in previous chapters.
Appendices - detailed charts and lists of the dates and times of various events.