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He is author of more than 50 books, including John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. And if we assume that there was not a long time between the beginning of John’s ministry and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry then Jesus probably began in 27 or 28.

Therefore assigning absolute dates is less important than knowing the sequence of events which may have influenced each other. When a monk named Dionysius Exiguus (6th century) invented our present method of dating with the birth of Christ dividing history, he made a mistake in his computations. Census documents discovered in Egypt together with earlier references suggest that such enrollments were held every 14 years. Josephus tells us that Quirinius became governor of Syria in A. But Sir William Ramsey argued strongly from ancient inscriptions that Quirinius had also served in Syria as a special legate of the emperor Augustus prior to 6 B. This would then be the time Luke was referring to in Luke 2:2. According to Matthew , Mark and Luke , the Last Supper was the Passover meal, a yearly celebration of Israel’s escape from Egypt (cf. But according to John and , the Passover meal had not yet been eaten on Friday so that the Last Supper in John is not the Passover meal (13:1).

Acts is the only New Testament book which records how much time elapsed between Jesus’ death and his ascension: “During the after his crucifixion he appeared to the apostles from time to time” (1:3).

The next key event after the ascension of Jesus into heaven was Pentecost (Acts 2:1).

Pentecost is the Greek word for fiftieth and referred to a celebration of the “feast of weeks” (cf.

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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