Dates for the New Testament – Part 1

Written by Dianna Wiebe on .

Are you teaching the New Testament Overview this year and want to add dates? But you don’t know where to get dates?

I am opening my personal notes and sharing them with you. Unless noted, the dates I am using is coming from the book, Annals of World History by Bishop James Ussher.

BC or BCE – Before Christ or Before Common Era
AD – Latin translation “In the year of our Lord”

Let’s look at events from the birth of John to the start of Jesus’ ministry.

New Testament Dates Part 1

  • Birth of John
    • 6 BC in the autumn (Ussher) to 2 BC (others)
    • I believe John was conceived late in May/early June.
    • I teach John was born on the first day of Passover and circumcised on the eighth day of that holiday.


  • Birth of Jesus
    • 5  BC in the autumn(Ussher) to 1 BC (others)
    • I believe Jesus was conceived during the Feast of Lights
    • I teach Jesus was born on the first day of Feast of Tabernacles and circumcised on the eighth day of that holiday.
    • 4 BC in the winter, Jesus was circumcised (Ussher)


  • Egypt
    • Flight to Egypt 4 BC
    • Herod died 3 BC in the winter, others say spring of the year
    • Return to Nazareth 3 BC


  • Jesus in Jerusalem
    • 8 AD in the Spring
    • Age 12
    • To celebrate Passover
    • This was the Second Temple remodeled by Herod the Great


  • John Preached
    • 26 AD
    • Baptized those who repented


  • Jesus was Baptized
    • 27 AD winter
    • Celebrated on the Christian calendar on January 6.
    • Jesus age 30


  • Jesus was Tempted
    • 27 AD
    • 40 days and nights


  • The 12 Apostles
    • 30-31 AD
    • Disciple = Learner who imitates his teacher
    • Apostle = Eye witness, appointed and sent


  • Jesus Taught
    • 30-33 AD
    • Love God, quoting Deuteronomy 6:4-5
    • Love your neighbor, quoting Levites 19:18


  • Jesus Prayed
    • Throughout His life

This brings us to the first few months of Jesus’ ministry. I will be posting more dates throughout the next few weeks, alternating between Old Testament and New Testament.

If you have other dates, I would appreciate you sharing them with me and their sources 🙂

May the Lord bless you as you teach the timeline to your students,

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