By Murrell G. Selden (February 22, 2000)
Some ecclesiastical writings, which had been candidates for inclusion in the Holy Bible, were not included in the Holy Bible. These writings, while they may include fictional aspects, do reflect on the facts. Just as writers of fiction make up little stories and legends about famous persons, it is also true that stories have been made up about Jesus. Nevertheless, such writers have often clung to factual material known to them. To this end, I have utilized one such "lost book" of the Holy Bible to find evidence on the chronology of the birthday and baptism of Jesus Christ.
My reference in this matter was the book, Lost Books of the Bible, published The World Publishing Company, Cleveland, Ohio, Copyright 1926 by Alpha House, Inc. and reprinted in May, 1950). [I inherited a copy of this book from my father.] “The First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ” (appears to most likely have a considerable fictional content), comes from the book of Joseph, the high-priest (called by some Caiaphas). The Lost Books of the Bible dates it as received of second century Gnostics, a sect of Christians.
The first chapter and the fourth verse says, “In the three hundred and
year of the aera of Alexander, Augustus published a decree that all
should go to be taxed in their own country.” This statement
call by Augustus to be taxed, and this period was the 309th
from the end of the era of Alexander. The era of Alexander
ended in 310
B.C.E. when little Alexander (son of Alexander the
Great) and his
mother Roxanne were murdered. 309 years later was 1 B.C.E.
(or maybe 2
B.C.E., if 310 B.C.E. counts as the first year of the aera).)
This shows that the writer believed that Jesus was born around 1 B.C.E. or 2 B.C.E.
Other beliefs of this early writer may be surmised from this same reference. The third chapter, verse one says that “the wise men came from the East to Jerusalem, according to the prophecy of Zoadasscht” (which means Zoroaster). Verse three says “there appeared to them an angel in the form of that star which had before them been their guide.” This shows that the writer believed there was no astronomical star of Bethlehem event, but rather the event was a vision caused by an angel. Further, it shows that those Magi believed that a prophecy of Zoroaster was being fulfilled. In chapter eight, verse 14 says “At the end of three years he returned out of Egypt.” If Jesus was born in 2 B.C.E., this would mean that the family returned after 2 C.E. (three years being 1 B.C.E., 1 C.E., and then 2 C.E.) In chapter twenty three, verse two, it says “And he gave himself to the study of the law, till he arrived to the end of his thirtieth year.” This shows that the writer believed Jesus was in his 30th year when baptized.