Please explain to me the difference in the Jewish and Gregorian calenders and why there is approximately 240 years difference between the two.

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The Gregorian calendar was an attempt to begin the new date (A.D.) based upon the year that Jesus was born. In the end, the calculation was incorrect by a number of years due to missed historical facts. It is now known that Herod the Great died in the year 4 B.C. Since he was alive when Jesus was born, that already puts Christ’s birth earlier than the year 4 B.C. and not A.D. 1. Furthermore, we also know from Matthew two that Jesus was two years old at the time the wisemen and Herod met. If we put these things together, we can determine that Jesus was born between 7 and 6 B.C., which is why the Gregorian calendar is off by that many years.

The present Jewish calendar is based upon a calendar put together by rabbis in the second century A.D. and they, too, did not have all of the history and details necessary to be accurate. When the rabbis put their calendar together, they tried to go back to the time of creation in Genesis one. This was done over 4,000 years after that event and, here again, a lot of information was lacking when the rabbis tried to put this together. Taking the chronologies of the Bible literally, and taking what we know from post-biblical history where chronology is fairly well established, we know the Jewish calendar is short by about 250 years.

It is recognized by scholars and historians that both calendars are not 100% accurate but it is too late to do anything about this now.

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