Jesus’ Ministry Was Just 70 Weeks!
Biblical historian, author, and broadcaster Michael Rood has released a compilation of his life’s work, a chronological account of the life of Jesus, which he says proves that Jesus’ ministry was not three-and-a-half years, but just 70 weeks.
Using each event in Jesus’ ministry as a marker in time to re-arrange the biblical Gospels into a week-by-week account, Rood’s book, The Chronological Gospels, provides compelling verification for his claim — the master key to which is the “feeding of the 5,000”, the only one of Jesus’ miracles that is recorded in all four Gospels.
“This one common event allows us to lock all four Gospels into a singular moment in the middle of Jesus’ ministry,” Rood explains. “This makes it possible to chronologically align the events preceding and succeeding this miracle.”
The result is a far more accurate, clear, and engaging play-by-play of Jesus’ life and ministry, which unfolds like a movie screenplay in The Chronological Gospels.
By contrast, the notion that Jesus’ ministry was 3-1/2 years is not only a theological error, says Rood, but the primary source of biblical contradiction and confusion for more than 1,600 years.
“Nearly three centuries after the death of the eyewitnesses to the events in Jesus’ life, Eusebius, the bishop of Caesarea, fabricated a unique three-and-one-half-year ministry that utterly destroyed any possibility of understanding the chronology of Jesus’ ministry,” Rood explains.
“Yet every church father and historian for the first three centuries neither clearly stated, or never contradicted, that Jesus’ ministry was ‘about one year.’”
The Chronological Gospels also includes the book of Acts and the book that Rood refers to as “the fifth Gospel”, Revelation.
But the most intriguing aspect of Rood’s work is his discovery that later manuscripts of the Gospels (which are the basis for the majority of today’s Bibles) added verses not found in earlier manuscripts, verses that not only irreparably confuse the timeline of Jesus’ ministry, but also befuddle attempts to understand unfulfilled prophecies in the book of Revelation. One such verse is John 6:4.
“John 6:4 mentions that Passover ‘was nigh’ — but that’s impossible,” Rood explains. “Passover is in the spring, and this verse comes on the heels of the feeding of the 5,000, which occurred in late summer. If anything, it should have referenced the Feast of Tabernacles, which occurs in autumn. You can see how a simple error like this can create significant contradiction when trying to understand the life and times of Jesus.”
In addition to a comprehensive introduction that explains how Rood’s 70-week timeline chronicles Jesus’ life and ministry with remarkable accuracy, The Chronological Gospels also includes fascinating facts and contextual information from extra-biblical sources including ancient Hebrew historical records, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Israeli New Moon Society.
The book also includes detailed week-by-week timeline charts, a color-coded cross-reference index, and an ancient biblical Hebrew calendar.