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Question:   How old was Jesus when he died?

Answer:  The generally accepted age is 33 years old.  Curiously enough, the Bible doesn't mention a precise age. Luke's gospel says that Jesus was baptized at the age of 30, and various historical documents indicate that He was crucified about 3 years later, giving the traditional age of 33.

But the age he died isn't without it's critics.  For example, according to Dr. Harold Hoehner who wrote Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ, Zondervan, 1977, he assumes that Christ was born in the Winter of B.C. 5 or Spring of B.C. 4.  He also assumes that Christ was crucified on April 3, A.D. 33. As you can see, that would make Jesus 37 to 38 years old. You might want to consult the book and the excellent research by Dr. Hoehner (ThM, ThD at Dallas Theological Seminary, PhD at Cambridge University).

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