Dating the Passion: The Life of Jesus and the Emergence of Scientific Chronology (200–1600)

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BRILL, Sep 30, 2011 - Religion - 319 pages
Drawing on computistical and astronomical sources from late antiquity to the Renaissance, this book demonstrates how pre-modern Christian attempts to determine the principal dates of the life of Jesus played an essential role in the development of historical chronology.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One From Astronomy to the Crucifixion and Back
19
Chapter Two The Origins of Computistical Chronography
35
Chapter Three The Crisis of Computistical Chronography in the Early Middle Ages
69
Chapter Four All Coherence Restored? The Age of the Critical Computists
103
Chronology and the TwelfthCentury Renaissance
113
Roger Bacon and his Successors
155
Catholic Chronologers and the Date of the Passion in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
203
Chapter Eight The Life of Jesus and the Emergence of Scientific Chronology
261
Appendix Prominent Attempts to Date Christs Birth and Death 2001600
283
Bibliography
285
Index of Biblical References
315
Index of Names
317
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C. Philipp E. Nothaft, Ph.D. (2011) in History, University of Munich, is a research assistant at the Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University College, London. He has published several articles on the history of scholarship and chronology.

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