>I am writing in regards to a book called, "The Birth of Christ Recalculated"
>by Ernest L. Martin. Apparently Mr. Martin reached the conclusion that
>Jesus' date of birth is September 11th, 3 B.C.. Although I have not read his
>book, the information I find on the web concerning how he reached his
>September 11th, 3 B.C. birth date is based on "celestial charts" and a
>"lunar eclipse" that occurred shortly before the death of Herod that is
>apparently reported by Flavius Josephus in the "Antiquities". Of course
>after the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks many have jumped all over this to
>substantiate "Prophetic Signs". I assume that there has been tremendous
>speculation as to the date of Christ's birth, but does Mr. Martin's claim
>hold anymore weight than the rest of the speculations of Christ's date of
>birth? Just out of curiosity, what is the most widely held scholarly belief
>as to the actual date of Christ's birth?
Thank you so much for this datapoint. --It is a *wonderful* companionpiece
for my footnote about the marvelous manner in which various authors have
attempted to force Halley's Comet into departing from our skies just
subsequent to the funeral ceremonies for Julius Caesar!