How Old Was Jesus When He Died?

How Old Was Jesus When He Died?

The age of Jesus when he died during the crucifixion is often open for much debate. Although there is no clear definitive answer to this question and no known age of Jesus after his return from Egypt, there are various clues and supporting facts that give hints and point us in the right direction.

The Early Days of Jesus

The Gospel of Matthew chapter 2 identifies the place of Christ’s birth as Bethlehem of Judea in the time of the Herod the King (also known as Herod the Great). According to the Gospel of Matthew, Christ was born in the 35th year of Herod the Great’s reign as King of the Romans and died in his 37th year as King. Jesus was taken to Egypt when Herod ordered all children two-years, and younger were to be killed. Jesus at that time was between these ages.

Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.--(Matthew 2:16)

The Bible describes an Angel appearing to Joseph warning him of the impending dangers and commanding them to flee with little Jesus to Egypt (Matthew 2:13).

Many scholars declare that they do not know the precise age Jesus was when he was taken to Egypt not do they know for certain how many years Jesus remained in Egypt.

Following the death of King Herod the Great, a death that came in 4 BC and five days after Herod ordered the death of his son, Antipeter, a little time before Passover. An angel appeared again instructing Joseph to go to the land of Israel as there was no further resistance in the land of Judea.

Joseph returned to Nazareth where Jesus grew up in the area known as Galilee, in the city of Nazareth (Luke 2:39-40).

Chronology of Jesus

  • Scholars determined that Jesus Christ was born between 6 and 4 BC.
  • Joseph fled to Egypt with Jesus around 6 to 8 BC.
  • Jesus began his preachings around AD 27-29.
  • Jesus preachings lasted between one to three years.
  • The death of Jesus on the cross happened somewhere between AD 30 and 36.
  • The resurrection of Jesus Christ.