Pope Says Christian Calendar Has Jesus’ Birth Year Wrong
The mistake was made by a monk named Dionysius Exiguus who overshot Christ’s birth by “several years,” the Pope wrote, according to the Telegraph.
Benedict’s claim, published in his third and final volume of Jesus’ biography, aligns with similar views of historians who have said Jesus could have been born anytime between 7BC and 2BC.
The Pope also argues that there were no oxen, donkeys or camels — common in nativity scenes — at the birth of Christ.
“There is no mention of animals in the Gospels,” he wrote.