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Ron Millett (author)August 14, 2015

John Pratt’s research referenced the tradition noted by Christian father Epiphanius in supporting his analysis: “First, he [Epiphanius] held that the conception of Christ occurred on June 20, which is very close to the June 17 conjunction (Julian Calendar). Secondly, he also noted a tradition that Mary's pregnancy lasted ten months, which is a perfect fit because the conjunction occurred ten lunar months before April 6, 1 B.C.” Note: lunar months are a bit smaller than our calendar months. June 15, 2 BC to the evening of April 5, 1 BC (when the Hebrew day for April 6 began) is ten lunar months.

Ron Millett (author)August 13, 2015

A good question on the length of time from the conception to the birth of the Christ child. In John Pratt's 2000 Meridian article on the forerunner of the Star of Bethlehem I referenced, he quoted the Christian father Epiphanius: " First, he held that the conception of Christ occurred on June 20, which is very close to the June 17 conjunction (Julian Calendar). Secondly, he also noted a tradition that Mary's pregnancy lasted ten months, which is a perfect fit because the conjunction occurred ten lunar months before April 6, 1 B.C." Ten lunar months would be nine and a bit more than a half months on our modern calendar. In John Pratt's Religious Chronology page [https://johnpratt.com/items/docs/lds/dates.html] he lists Christ's conception as 15 Jun 2 BC, which is the 15th of Sivan, allowing an exact number of lunar months from that date to 5 April 1 BC, 15 Nisan, the birth day of Jesus. By Using that date, John Pratt's predicted date for the conception would be exactly ten lunar months following the tradition and a possible length of time for a pregnancy going a bit more than 40 weeks.--RM

M RojAugust 11, 2015

I'm having trouble counting the 40 weeks from early June (conception) to early April (birth) as it amounts to ten months. Did I read something wrong? What date is being used to calculate those nine months from June 2?

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